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Auction 145, Lot 625

"Venetia", Braun & Hogenberg

Subject: Venice, Italy

Period: 1572 (circa)

Publication: Civitates Orbis Terrarum, Vol. I

Color: Hand Color

19 x 13.2 inches
48.3 x 33.5 cm
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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 striking bird's-eye view of Venice, surrounded by galleons and sailing ships. Below the view is an image of the Doge's procession with numerous dignitaries. A key locating over 150 locations is also included. A very desirable view of Venice.

References: Fussel, pp. 108-9 & 112.

Condition: B+

Full original color on watermarked paper with light soiling and several printer's creases. Expertly remargined on all sides with a 1" area at far left of image that was creased and has been professionally repaired with some retouching of color in the area. There is also very minor retouching of color in the vignette of the Doge's procession.

Estimate: $2,750 - $3,500

Sold for: $1,600

Closed on 6/12/2013