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Auction 168, Lot 513

"Arx Segeberga, Quondam Aelberga, Wagriam, Nobilem Holsatiae Regionem..", Braun & Hogenberg

Subject: Castle of Segeberg, Germany

Period: 1620 (circa)

Publication: Civitates Orbis Terrarum, Vol. IV

Color: Hand Color

18.2 x 13.1 inches
46.2 x 33.3 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 depicts the Castle of Segeberg, built in the 12th century upon the Kalkberg, a 91-meter high rock. A small town surrounds the castle. In the foreground flows the Trave River (here called the Stagnum Segebergense) with fishermen casting a net and a number of swans and their goslings. The castle was destroyed in 1644 by Swedish troops. This engraving is based on a drawing by Hans Liefrinck II. French text on verso.

References: Fussel, pp. 310-11.

Condition: A

A nice impression on paper with a coat of arms watermark. There is one tiny, professionally repaired hole along the centerfold, a hint of toning along the centerfold, and light marginal soiling.

Estimate: $200 - $240

Sold for: $150

Closed on 6/6/2018