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Auction 118, Lot 673

"Fribergum Misinae", Braun & Hogenberg

Subject: Germany, Freiberg

Period: 1575 (circa)

Publication: Civitates Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

18 x 13 inches
45.7 x 33 cm

Braun & Hogenberg's Civitates Orbis Terrarum or "Cities of the World" was published between 1572 and 1617. Within the six volumes, 531 towns and cities were depicted on 363 plates, providing the reader with the pleasures of travel without the attendant discomforts. Braun wrote in the preface to the third book, "What could be more pleasant than, in one's own home far from all danger, to gaze in these books at the universal form of the earth . . . adorned with the splendor of cities and fortresses and, by looking at pictures and reading the texts accompanying them, to acquire knowledge which could scarcely be had but by long and difficult journeys?" Braun and Hogenberg incorporated an astonishing wealth of information into each scene beyond the city layout and important buildings. The plates provide an impression of the economy and prominent occupations, and illustrate local costumes, manners and customs.

This is one of the earliest, detailed bird's-eye views of Freiberg showing the city walls and surrounding countryside. A costumed couple and the map key appear in the foreground with the coat of arms in the upper left. Latin text on verso.


Condition: B

Generally good with bold old color. One spot of worming in the centerfold, just under the 'G', repaired on the verso with paper. Some splits in the margins now repaired with paper on the verso.

Estimate: $300 - $375

Sold for: $220

Closed on 3/6/2007