Auction 129, Lot 530

"Lutezia Citta de Parigini Celebratissima per Tutto, 'l Mondo, & Notissima, Capo del Regno di Francia", Munster, Sebastian

Subject: Paris, France

Period: 1550 (circa)

Publication: Cosmographia

Color: Hand Color

Size:
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 next to the monogram signature of the engraver at lower right, HRMD, followed by a horizontal dagger. Italian text on verso.

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Condition: A+

Fine old color and sturdy paper. There are a couple of the usual tiny binding holes in the blank margins.

Estimate: $500 - $600

Sold for: $475

Closed on 9/23/2009

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