Auction 133, Lot 488

"Egra urbs a fluvio…", Braun & Hogenberg

Subject: Cheb, Czech Republic

Period: 1572 (circa)

Publication: Civitates Orbis Terrarum, Vol. I

Color: Hand Color

18.5 x 5.7 inches
47 x 14.5 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.

A view of the city of Cheb, on the River Eger, from which the town derived its original name. The Imperial Palace and gothic church dominate the view. Trimmed from a folio sheet, with top margin trimmed to neatline and remaining margins 1" or more.

References: Fussel p. 88.

Condition: B+

Fine other than the lack of a margin at top.

Estimate: $140 - $180

Sold for: $100

Closed on 9/1/2010