[DAHLBERG, Erik Jonsson, Count (1625-1703).] Suecia antiqua et hodierna. [Stockholm, 1692-1713 and later]. 3 vols. in one, oblong 2° (353 x 460 mm). 355 plates (of 356) with numbers 46 in vol. II and 38 in vol.III consisting of two separate plates, including 3 titles, 3 double-page and 10 folding plates, several others printed on two joined sheets, two portraits of King Charles XI of Sweden, a portrait of Dahlberg, and maps, plans, and views by various engravers including J. van den Aveele, Willem Swidde, Jean Marot, Jean Le Pautre, A. Perelle, J. J. von Sandrart, and E. Reitz, most after Count Dahlberg's drawings, numbered in the margins in pencil and corresponding to the numeration in the 13-page letterpress index. (Lacking pl. 77 in part II, numerous plates cut round platemark and mounted, probably indicating a later issue, folding plates of Stockholm with very short tears just into image but without loss, occasional faint soiling.) Contemporary calf, gilt spine with red morocco gilt label (head- and tailcap and corners sometime repaired, hinges reinforced, extremities rubbed), contained in a half roan box (joints cracked and worn). Provenance: late 18th-century bookdealer's price in ink on front free endpaper partially erased.
In 1661 Count Dahlberg, Governor of Livonia and Chancellor of the University of Tartu (Estonia), obtained a commission from the Swedish government to compile a visual archive of the country's architectural treasures. A team of 18 engravers was hired to transfer his drawings to copperplate (a few of the drawings were by David Klocker-Ehrenstrahl and Elias Brenner). Per Lagerlf wrote a Latin text, but it was only partially printed and never published (it appears in a few copies). It took 21 years to complete the printing of the plates. Berlin Katalog 2256; Brunet V, 578.