"Constantia, Vulgo Costnitz Memorabile Suevie Opp. [on sheet with] S. Galli Opp. et Monasterium Helvetiorum", Braun & Hogenberg
Subject: Konstanz, Germany & St. Gallen, Switzerland
Period: 1575 (circa)
Publication: Civitates Orbis Terrarum, Vol. II
Color: Hand Color
16.2 x 14.1 inches
41.1 x 35.8 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 sheet contains two lovely bird's-eye views of towns bordering Lake Constance, which lies between Germany and Switzerland. At top is Konstanz in southwest Germany and at bottom is St. Gallen in Switzerland. French manuscript text on verso.
References: Fussel, p. 178-79.
Excellent impression and color on watermarked paper with light show-through of manuscript text on verso.