Auction 153, Lot 501

"Lugdunum", Braun & Hogenberg

Subject: Lyon, France

Period: 1575 (circa)

Publication: Civitates Orbis Terrarum, Vol. I

Color: Hand Color

19 x 13.1 inches
48.3 x 33.3 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.

This superb bird's-eye plan of the city of Lyons depicts the city and its busy docks, extensive fortifications and much detail of the surrounding countryside. The city is situated between the Rhone and Saone Rivers. Decorated with a finely dressed couple in foreground and two strapwork cartouches. French manuscript text on verso.

References: Fussel, p. 65.

Condition: A

A nice impression with attractive color on watermarked paper and marginal soiling.

Estimate: $400 - $475

Sold for: $400

Closed on 5/20/2015