19th Century and earlier Town Views and Plans: A - J
Grodno (Hrodna, Gardinas): Founded: late 10th century; first reference: 1127 in the "Ruthenian (Russian) Primary Chronicle
1575 Braun & Hogenberg : "...Grodna." From "Civitates Orbis
Terrarum,"  first published in Cologne in 1572. Over a hundred
different artists and cartographers engraved copper plates from
drawings, the most significant being Antwerp artist Georg Hoefnagel,
who not only contributed most of the original material for the Spanish
and Italian towns but also reworked and modified those of other
contributors, including Munster's German views from the 1550 and
1572 editions of his "Cosmographia." Braun added to the maps figures
in local dress, because, he said, he believed the plans would not then be
scrutinized for military secrets by the Turks, as their religion forbade
them from looking on representations of the human form.
From The
Hebrew University: http://historic-cities.huji.ac.il/east_europe/east_europe.html
1713 Alphonsus Lasor a Varea (an anagram of Savonarola Raffaello): "Vera
Designatio Urbis in Littauia Grodnæ." Padova, Italy. 85 x 135mm, set in
text, from "Universi orbis descriptio ad usum navigantium." A historical
prospect of Grodno based on the Braun & Hogenberg view to the left. In 1562
a summit was held between the Russians and the Ottomans in the city: in
the foreground are two opulently-dressed figures shaking hands, with their
troops of cavalry behind them.
From www.alteagallery.com.
18th Cent. Royal Palace in Hrodna.
Great article on the history of town views, from Loeb-Larocque
1623 Braun & Hogenberg: "Grodna - Vera Designatio Urbis in Littavia Grodnæ." 11.9 x
18.7 inches / 30.5 x 48 cm. Copied after an engraving by Matthias Zundt, 1568, after a
drawing by Johann Adelhauser, 1567. First edition was 1575. Also a
DETAIL image.
From www.sanderusmaps.com
1623 Commentary on Lithuania by Georg Braun, accompanying his view of
Grodno:
"Lithuania is a vast but uncultivated land, east of Poland, with much
grassland and marshes. The episcopal city of Vilnius is the capital, and it is as big as
Cracow with all its suburbs. The next biggest is Grodno, which lies on the river Cronon,
or Memel, partly in the plain and partly on hilly ground. There are only a few stone
houses standing together, the houses are roughly built, with little care; the city also
has no walls or towers, gates and fortifications. But nearby there is a castle and a royal
palace on the mountain, there the King of Poland has his seat."
1612 Antonio Albizzi (an Italian
genealogist who wound up in
Kempten, Germany)
: "Regis Poloniæ.
Potentiss. Poloniae et Sveciae etc.
Regi Sigismundo III," Augsburg. "The
Kings of Poland," a family tree on a
back- ground view of Grodno. 42.3 x
56.8 cm.
From
www.oldtimesrarebooks.com
1600 "Grodna." From www.karty.by
c1704-20 Gabriel Bodenehr: "Grodno Im
Grosses Hertzogthu Litthauen."
(in
contemporary German: Im Großherzogtum
Litauen -- In the Grand Duchy of Lithuania)
,
Augsburg. From his famous "Europeans
Macht und Pracht," a series of engravings
of city views, plans, fortresses and castles
in Europe.
From  www.bergbook.com
c1600 Braun & Hogenberg: "Vera Designatio Urbis in Littavia
Grodnæ..," Cologne, 12.0 x 18.9 inches. / 30.5 x 48.0 cm, after an
engraving by Matthias Zündt dated 1568, itself copied after a
drawing by Johann Adelhauser.
From www.swaen.com
1706  "План Гродно...1706 года" (Plan of
Grodno in the year 1706).
From www.karty.by
Biržai (Birsen (German), Birże (Polish), Birzhai (Биржай, Russian - pre-1917 Биржи), and בירז/Birz or Birzh (Yiddish).
First mention in literature: 1455
c1645 Juozas Narūnavičius-Naronskis
(Jozeph Naronski): "Mappa Księstwa
Biržanskiego..." is a map of, and guide to,
the Duchy of Biržai, which existed from
1547 to 1811 in the Radvila/Radziwill
family.
From http://www.birzumuziejus.lt
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c1601-25 Tomašas Makovskis: Duke
Krzysztof Mikołaj Radziwiłł “The
Thunderbolt” (1547-1603) built a modern
fortress from 1575 to 1589, raising
embankments, a palace, an Evangelical
Reformist church, an arsenal, grain
storage buildings and warehouses,
barracks and other facilities. The castle
was destroyed by Swedes in 1625 and
again in 1704.
From www.wikiwand.com
c1625 Plan of Biržai Fortress. From www.
museums.ltw via ww.wikiwand.com
c1797 Franciszek Smuglewicz (Pranciškus
Smuglevičius)
: "Ruins of Biržai Castle,"
Vilnius. Now in the National Museum,
Warsaw.
From www.wikiwand.com
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1704 (Anon.): "Siege of Biržai Castle by the
Swedes." Also a
DETAIL image of the fort.
From www.wikiwand.com