Auction 121, Lot 504

"Tiena, Brabantiae Opp: ad amnem Geta, unde casei…", Braun & Hogenberg

Subject: Belgium

Period: 1580 (circa)

Publication: Civitates Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

16 x 13 inches
40.6 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.

Lovely bird's-eye city plan of Tienen from this monumental work, the first systematic city atlas. The engraving depicts the cathedral, houses, churches, gardens, walls, gates and surrounding canal. Strapwork title cartouche with a gentleman and lady in the foreground in the local attire. German text on verso.


Condition: A

A couple faint printer's creases, else very good.

Estimate: $230 - $300

Sold for: $120

Closed on 9/26/2007