Auction 119, Lot 702

"Tiburtum vulgo Tivoli", Braun & Hogenberg

Subject: Italy, Tivoli

Period: 1581 (circa)

Publication: Civitates Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

17.8 x 13 inches
45.2 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.

Interesting composition by George Hoefnagel portraying the city of Tivoli as seen from Mont Tiburtini, with an inset of the famous cascading waterfalls. The little group shown walking down to the waterfall in the foreground is often taken to be something of a self-portrait of Hoefnagel and Abraham Ortelius, who visited the town and studied it in 1578, as noted in the decorative cartouche. German text on verso.


Condition: A

Beautiful old color. A few light marginal stains, well away from image.

Estimate: $650 - $750

Sold for: $450

Closed on 5/9/2007