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Auction 167, Lot 342

"Perusia Gratu Musis in Tuscia Domicilium", Braun & Hogenberg

Subject: Perugia, Italy

Period: 1620 (circa)

Publication: Civitates Orbis Terrarum, Vol. IV

Color: Hand Color

17.1 x 14.2 inches
43.4 x 36.1 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 bird's-eye plan shows the hill-top city Perugia surrounded by fortifications. A lettered key lists numerous locations, although most are not keyed on the map itself. French text on verso.

References: Fussel, p. 327.

Condition: B+

Light toning with marginal soiling, a few minor spots of foxing, and a tiny hole near the centerfold at the top of the image.

Estimate: $400 - $500

Sold for: $300

Closed on 3/28/2018