Janez V. Valvasor, The Glory of the Duchy of Carniola, 1689

Published: 22.03.2021

The Glory of the Duchy of Carniola (Die Ehre des Herzogthums Krain) is the most important and greatest scientific work of Janez V. Valvasor (1641-1693), published in 1689 by the printer Endter in Nuremberg. Valvasor wrote The Glory of the Duchy of Carniola in German language and divided it into 15 chapters, bound in four books. There are 528 copperplate engravings in the books. He was assisted by many assistants in collecting material and making sketches for copper engravings. Among them is Erazem Francisci, who edited and designed Valvasor’s compositions, and who also collected material for individual books.

The fame of the Duchy of Carniola is extremely important for historiography and all other sciences, as it covers all previous knowledge of history, geography, topography, medicine, ethnology, biology, geology and other sciences. Slovenian lands in the 17th century are presented with words and pictures.