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Kraus 18, Das Ann Herrspruck samt den Drey darin ligunden Empter Reicheneck, Engelthal und Hohenstein (1596)

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Title   Das Ann Herrspruck samt den Drey darin ligunden Empter Reicheneck, Engelthal und Hohenstein
Cartographer   Pfinzing, Paul (1554 - 1599)
Subject   Cities and towns--Germany--Maps
Publisher   Not identified
Repository   Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
Place of publication
     or creation
Date(s)   1596
Format   Printed map
Kraus catalog no.   18
Dimensions in mm.   838 x 828 mm.
Rights   No known U.S. copyright restrictions. Please cite the Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin, as the image source.


Map etched from 6 iron plates. From the Hauslab-Liechtenstein Collection. In cloth portfolio. Large folio, folded.

A detailed map of Hersbruch on the Pegnitz river and of three other counties in the environs of Nuremberg. Paul Pfinzing von Henfenfeld (1554-1599), a wealthy patrician and senator of Nuremberg, was very much interested in the field of practical mathematics and had acquired a special skill as a surveyor. His beautifully illustrated books on geometry and perspective, discussing the instruments he used for his surveying of the countryside, prove his wide knowledge in his field and his fine artistic taste.

The present plan, one of two iron etchings which he did of the Nuremberg territory, includes his family estate Henfenfeld. It is adorned by several local coats of arms. The title is set within a fine cartouche over which a man on horseback is riding; this is certainly meant as a self-portrait, as the inscription next to it states that the survey was made on horseback.

All Pfinzing's works are of great rarity as he had them privately printed for his friends only. We have located only two other copies of this Hersbruch map: Germanisches Museum, Nuremberg and British Museum.

B.M.C. (Maps) I, 1826.

Nagler, Monogrammisten, IV(2), nos. 3201 and 3232.

Thieme-Becker XXVI, p. 531.