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Auction 134, Lot 500

"Osnabruga. vel Aureliopolis, a conditore suo Imperatore Aurelio illustris, sui Episcopi sedes, magnifica, et Vetustissima Urbs", Hollar, Wenceslaus

Subject: Osnabruck, Germany

Period: 1657 (circa)

Publication: Urbium totius Germaniae superioris

Color: Black & White

18.8 x 13.6 inches
47.8 x 34.5 cm
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The lovely city of Osnabruck is seen here from a bird's-eye perspective. Centered around St. Peter's cathedral and the church of St. Catherine, the orderly town is protected by fortified walls and a moat formed by the Hase River, and the St. Petersburg fortress at lower left. The city is surrounded by farmland with a coal mine at upper right and the cloister of St. Catherine built on a knoll at lower right. The sheet is adorned with the title cartouche and the arms of the city. The plan was commissioned by Bishop Kaspar Münster, drawn by Hollar in 1633 and published by Jan Jansson in his important townbook of Germany.


Condition: B+

Sharp impression with wide margins and overall toning that is slightly uneven. There is a short fold separation in the top margin, well away from the plan.

Estimate: $800 - $1,000

Sold for: $700

Closed on 12/1/2010