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Auction 164, Lot 604

"Puteoli [on sheet with] Baiae", Braun & Hogenberg

Subject: Pozzuoli & Baiae, Italy

Period: 1575 (circa)

Publication: Civitates Orbis Terrarum, Vol. II

Color: Hand Color

Size:
19.4 x 11.5 inches
49.3 x 29.2 cm
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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 depicts Pozzuoli and Baiae, two towns in the Gulf of Naples with Greek origins. The top view is depicted just north of Pozzuoli looking west, and the bottom view is depicted looking south. French text on verso.

References: Fussel, p. 186.

Condition: A

A clean and bright sheet with two professionally repaired tears at top, one of which just passes the neatline.

Estimate: $220 - $250

Sold for: $150

Closed on 9/13/2017

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