Auction 145, Lot 626

"Contrafehtung der Furnemmen Statt Venedig / Sampt den Umbligenden Inseln", Munster, Sebastian

Subject: Venice, Italy

Period: 1578 (published)

Publication: Cosmographia oder beschreibung Aller Lander…

Color: Black & White

15.3 x 10.4 inches
38.9 x 26.4 cm

Bird's-eye view of Venice and the surrounding islands from a German edition of this influential 16th century history of the world. Rendered in the unique woodblock style with the calm lagoon contrasting with the roiling seas outside the sandbanks that protect the city. Two text blocks describe the city and its history. German text on verso.

References: Mickwitz & Miekkavaara #158-59.

Condition: B

Lightly toned and soiled with several printer's creases that have since been pressed flat, a 1/4" tear at top right that has been archivally repaired, and a few tiny worm holes in bottom blank margin.

Estimate: $350 - $425

Sold for: $250

Closed on 6/12/2013