Auction 113, Lot 457

"Brugae, Flandricarum Urbium Ornamenta", Braun & Hogenberg

Subject: Belgium

Period: 1572 (circa)

Publication: Civitates Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

18.2 x 12.5 inches
46.2 x 31.8 cm

Fine bird's-eye plan of the medieval city of Brugge filled with detail of the well-laid out city and the surrounding countryside. Embellished with strapwork cartouches, coats of arms and a couple standing on a hill overlooking the city. Braun's motive for adding figures to his city plans, as stated in his introduction, were to discourage the military use of the plans by the Turks because he believed that their religion forbade them from looking on representations of the human form. Latin text on verso.


Condition: A

Fine later color in the correct period style. Light soil and a small binding hole in blank margin, not affecting map. Remnants of hinge tape on verso.

Estimate: $400 - $500

Sold for: $650

Closed on 12/7/2005