Auction 121, Lot 494

"Duynkercke [on sheet with] Grevelinge [and] Borborch", Braun & Hogenberg

Subject: France

Period: 1575 (circa)

Publication: Civitates Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

19.2 x 11.8 inches
48.8 x 30 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.

A handsome sheet with three views. At top is a panorama of Dunquerque showing a pastoral landscape leading up to the water surrounding the walled city. The two smaller bird's-eye views underneath are of Grevelines and Bourbourg. German text on verso.


Condition: A

A few minor spots, mostly in the margins with one insignificant rust spot in the map.

Estimate: $250 - $325

Sold for: $180

Closed on 9/26/2007