Auction 125, Lot 620

"Dotis Ungaris Thata Arx, Inferioris Ungariae, loci oportunitate, et opere munitissima", Braun & Hogenberg

Subject: Hungary

Period: 1612 (circa)

Publication: Civitates Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

17.5 x 12.8 inches
44.5 x 32.5 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.

Beautiful bird's-eye view of the medieval castle of Tata in northwestern Hungary. The well-defended fortress is shown within a protective lake with its canons manned and armed. Drawn by George Houfnagel. Latin text on verso.


Condition: B+

Lovely old color with a old paper repair of a small binding hole at top center and remnants of hinges on verso

Estimate: $400 - $500

Sold for: $300

Closed on 9/24/2008