"Hierosolyma, Clarissima Totius Orientis Civitas, Judae Metropolis...", Braun & Hogenberg
Subject: Jerusalem, Holy Land
Period: 1572 (circa)
Publication: Civitates Orbis Terrarum, Vol. I
Color: Hand Color
19.3 x 13.4 inches
49 x 34 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 interesting engraving contains two bird's-eye views of the city; one an imaginary view as it was during the time of Christ and the other contemporaneous to the 16th century. The view on the left also portrays the procession of Jesus to Golgotha, with Judas hanging from a tree outside the city walls. Each has a key to important buildings and places. At lower right is a vignette of Moses receiving the Commandments and a table identifying the garments and accoutrements worn by Aaron. Latin text on verso.
References: Laor #1039; Fussel, pp. 124-25 & 128.
A nice impression with attractive color on watermarked paper. There are several long worm tracks along the centerfold that have been professionally repaired, with a tiny amount of image replaced in facsimile and loss of a small portion of text in top center cartouche. Trimmed to the neatline at bottom right, apparently as issued.