Auction 129, Lot 620

"Strigonium. Gran", Braun & Hogenberg

Subject: Hungary

Period: 1598 (circa)

Publication: Civitates Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

20.3 x 13.8 inches
51.6 x 35.1 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.

Two striking views of the Hungarian city of Esztergom or Gran, known in Roman times as Strigonium. It was the first royal residence and the capital of Hungary until the 13th century. The top view shows the city and surroundings prior to its sacking and occupation by the Turks and the bottom view shows the region after the occupation. Three mounted soldiers joust in the foreground. German text on verso.

References: Fussel pp. 414-16.

Condition: B

Lovely old color. Side margins trimmed to neatlines with slight loss of image. The centerfold and a 4" tear to the left of the fold have been repaired with Japanese tissue on verso. A couple of tiny holes have also been neatly repaired.

Estimate: $250 - $350

Sold for: $425

Closed on 9/23/2009