Auction 119, Lot 600

"Dortmund [on sheet with] Lippe", Braun & Hogenberg

Subject: Germany

Period: 1588 (circa)

Publication: Civitates Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

Size:
17.3 x 14 inches
43.9 x 35.6 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.

Handsome pair of views of the Westphalian towns of Lippstadt and Dortmund together on one sheet. The views represent the walled towns and the surrounding countryside. Two figures in the foreground of Dortmund represent the attire of the local residents. The sheet is topped with armorial shields and further accented with strapwork cartouches.

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Condition: A

Lovely old color that has faded slightly. Marginal mat burn and a couple short tears, now backed with archival tape, not affecting the image.

Estimate: $600 - $700

Sold for: $450

Closed on 5/9/2007

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