Auction 119, Lot 703

"Pisaurum vulgo Pezaro", Braun & Hogenberg

Subject: Italy, Pesaro

Period: 1581 (circa)

Publication: Civitates Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

15.6 x 11 inches
39.6 x 27.9 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.

Lovely bird's-eye view of the seaside city of Pesaro and the surrounding countryside as well as a dramatic depiction of the Adriatic coastline. The foreground is adorned with a lovely strap work cartouche and two ladies in local attire. Designed by George Hoefnagel, German text on verso.


Condition: A

Lovely old color and impression. Generous margins with a few minor stains, well away from the view.

Estimate: $750 - $850

Sold for: $475

Closed on 5/9/2007