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Auction 128, Lot 643

"Moguntia, Germaniae Metropoli… [on sheet with] Herbipolis, Comuniter Wirtzburg, Orientalis Franciae Metropolis. [and] Sedunum, Primaria & Metropolitica Valesice Urbs, Germanorum & Gallorum Frequentatione Celebris.", Braun & Hogenberg

Subject: Germany and Switzerland

Period: 1588 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

18.8 x 13 inches
47.8 x 33 cm
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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.

Three plans on one sheet: Meintz, Wurtzburg, Sitten. At top is a panoramic view of Meintz as viewed from across the Rhein River. At lower left is a bird's-eye plan of Wurtzburg with the Fortress Marienberg overlooking the River Main. At lower right is a plan-view of Sion, a small village in Switzerland on the Rhone River. The Valère castle and the Château de Tourbillon are graphically shown overlooking the village. German text on verso.


Condition: A

Some soil and minor edge repairs in the blank margins.

Estimate: $375 - $475

Sold for: $425

Closed on 5/20/2009