Auction 124, Lot 479

"[Die Statt Paris]", Munster, Sebastian

Subject: Paris, France

Period: 1580 (circa)

Publication: Cosmographia Universalis

Color: Black & White

14 x 10 inches
35.6 x 25.4 cm

This charming, woodblock view of the walled medieval city of Paris represents the capital in about 1530. A lettered key identifies important places, including the Sorbonne. The surrounding countryside is filled with small walled estates, windmills and farmland, while in the foreground two bodies dangle from the gallows. The monogram of the engraver is shown at lower right (HRMD), followed by a horizontal dagger. German text on verso.


Condition: B

A pair of worm tracks in the view. A small hole in the lower margin, and some loss on the left margin. Brown paper tape hinge remnants on verso.

Estimate: $325 - $400

Sold for: $375

Closed on 5/7/2008