Auction 133, Lot 525

"Rhodus", Braun & Hogenberg

Subject: Greece

Period: 1572 (circa)

Publication: Civitates Orbis Terrarum, Vol. I

Color: Hand Color

9 x 6.3 inches
22.9 x 16 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.

Rhodes is presented as a circular town with a well fortified harbor from a bird's eye vantage. The town is surrounded by three impressive walls with several windmills just outside the harbor, which is filled with a variety of ships. Trimmed from a folio sheet, with 1/8" or better margins.

References: Fussel p. 122.

Condition: B+

There is a small stain in the right border.

Estimate: $200 - $250

Sold for: $170

Closed on 9/1/2010