Auction 120, Lot 606

"Comorra", Braun & Hogenberg

Subject: Hungary

Period: 1595 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

19 x 7.5 inches
48.3 x 19.1 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.

This interesting battle view on the Danube River at the location of present day Komarno shows gunboats on the river and cannons within the fortified city firing on the infantry and mounted knights attacking from land. This view has been trimmed from a folio sheet, German text on verso.


Condition: B

Nicely engraved and richly colored. There is a small tear in upper right corner of image and a couple spots and a bit of light soiling.

Estimate: $220 - $300

Sold for: $160

Closed on 7/18/2007