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Auction 168, Lot 573

"Vicentia Amplissima Marchiae Tarvisinae Civit", Braun & Hogenberg

Subject: Vicenza, Italy

Period: 1620 (circa)

Publication: Civitates Orbis Terrarum, Vol. IV

Color: Hand Color

16.9 x 14.2 inches
42.9 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 bird's-eye plan of Vicenza is centered on the Piazza dei Signori. A numbered key identifies over 90 locations in the walled city and the surrounding countryside. French text on verso.

References: Fussel, p. 326.

Condition: B+

A nice impression on watermarked paper with minor toning, one small hole along the centerfold near the bottom of the image, and minor show-through of text on verso.

Estimate: $500 - $650


Closed on 6/6/2018