Auction 151, Lot 491

"Icon Civitatis Campensis, Cuius Situs, Isulam Fluvium, Eleganti Venustate, Decorat", Braun & Hogenberg

Subject: Kampen, Netherlands

Period: 1576 (circa)

Publication: Civitates Orbis Terrarum, Vol. II

Color: Hand Color

19.1 x 13 inches
48.5 x 33 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.

This is an attractive birds-eye view of Kampen, which was an important trade area from the 13th to the 17th century. In the foreground is the River lJssel filled with boats and a bridge leading to the city center. Three lovely churches are prominent: the Sint-Nicolaaskerk at left, the Broederkerk at center, and the Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk at right. German text on verso.

References: Fussel, p. 167.

Condition: B+

Original color on watermarked paper with minor toning, a few tiny abrasions, and light soiling. There is an unrepaired centerfold separation in the bottom blank margin and a short edge tear at bottom that has been repaired with paper on verso.

Estimate: $275 - $350

Sold for: $275

Closed on 11/19/2014