Auction 154, Lot 495

"Bloys", Braun & Hogenberg

Subject: Blois, France

Period: 1575 (circa)

Publication: Civitates Orbis Terrarum, Vol. II

Color: Hand Color

17.4 x 12.2 inches
44.2 x 31 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 Blois, France situated on the Loire river. The city served as the residence of Louis XII and Francis I during the 16th century. At lower right is an index to 43 locations within the city. French manuscript text on verso.

References: Fussel, p. 152.

Condition: A

Excellent impression and color with minor show-through of manuscript text on verso and marginal soiling.

Estimate: $240 - $300

Sold for: $230

Closed on 9/16/2015