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Auction 167, Lot 303

"Dantzigt", Braun & Hogenberg

Subject: Gdansk, Poland

Period: 1575 (circa)

Publication: Civitates Orbis Terrarum, Vol. II

Color: Hand Color

18.8 x 12.8 inches
47.8 x 32.5 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 lovely panoramic view shows the city of Gdansk (formerly Danzig), the primary seaport for the Kingdom of Poland. A glimpse of the Baltic Sea can be seen at top left. A number of figures in regional costumes fill the foreground. The engraving is further embellished with two strapwork cartouches and the arms of the Kingdom of Poland and Danzig. French text on verso.

References: Fussel, p. 182.

Condition: A

En excellent impression with very minor soiling along the centerfold at top and a professionally repaired centerfold separation that enters 1" into image at top.

Estimate: $800 - $1,000

Sold for: $750

Closed on 3/28/2018