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Auction 119, Lot 527

"Tiena, Brabantiae…", Braun & Hogenberg

Subject: Belgium

Period: 1600 (circa)

Publication: Civitates Orbis Terrarum

Color: Black & White

16.2 x 13.2 inches
41.1 x 33.5 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.

Fine bird's-eye city plan of Tienen, a municipality in Brabant. The engraving depicts the cathedral, houses, churches, gardens, walls, gates and surrounding canal. The map is decorated by a strapwork title cartouche and shows a Tienenese couple in the foreground.


Condition: B

Couple of minor spots and a few light printer's creases. Margins have been slightly trimmed, but are still ample.

Estimate: $250 - $300

Sold for: $170

Closed on 5/9/2007