Auction 134, Lot 438

"Stocholm", Braun & Hogenberg

Subject: Stockholm, Sweden

Period: 1590 (circa)

Publication: Civitates Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

18.8 x 6.4 inches
47.8 x 16.3 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.

The view of Stockholm was drawn by Hieronymus Scholaus. It shows the city from the southwest, focusing on what was once the mercantile part of the city and the port. A causeway and stone bridge link the island with the mainland in the foreground. The warships in the foreground provide protection for the city, rather than fortifications. Trimmed from a folio sheet that included another view of the city. German text on verso.

References: Fussel p. 316 & 318-19.

Condition: B+

Lightly toned on centerfold with the top margin added.

Estimate: $325 - $400

Sold for: $425

Closed on 12/1/2010