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Auction 118, Lot 740

"Granada", Braun & Hogenberg

Subject: Spain, Granada

Period: 1572 (circa)

Publication: Civitates Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

20 x 12.8 inches
50.8 x 32.5 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 famous, historic city of Granada, viewed from the east. It is the first of at least three views of Granada that Braun & Hogenberg published in this epic atlas of city views, beginning initially in 1572, with this prospect. The foreground is filled with contemporary citizens of the town, from peasant to grandee, all within a lovely pastoral setting. The Moors ruled this city for about 800 years, until 1492, when it was recaptured by Spain. They left behind the beautiful Alhambra, or Red Fortress, shown on this map to the right. The extremely decorative cartouche is flanked by inhabitants of the city, garlands, a falcon and reclining figures. Inside the cartouche is a numbered list of places within Granada. Latin text on verso.


Condition: B

Lovely, old color. Overall age-toning and a few scattered stains. Still very attractive.

Estimate: $900 - $1,200

Sold for: $600

Closed on 3/6/2007