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Auction 118, Lot 731

"Urbis Romae Situs cum Iis Quae Adhuc Conspiciuntur…", Braun & Hogenberg

Subject: Italy, Rome

Period: 1572 (dated)

Publication: Civitates Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

20 x 15 inches
50.8 x 38.1 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.

Magnificent view of the ancient city of Rome. The map shows a historic view of the city, with three figures in the foreground attired as people were during the time of the Roman Empire. There are many interesting places shown, including the Baths of Diocletian (Thermae Diocletiani), the Vatican, the Amphitheater, which is roughly in the center and the massive aqueducts to the right.


Condition: A

Attractive color. Some lightness in the plate impression at upper left. Hinge remnants on verso.

Estimate: $1,200 - $1,400

Sold for: $1,200

Closed on 3/6/2007