"Seravallum Celeberrimum Marchiae Tarvisinae in Agro Foro Juliensi Opp.", Braun & Hogenberg
Subject: Serravalle, Italy
Period: 1620 (circa)
Publication: Civitates Orbis Terrarum, Vol. IV
Color: Hand Color
18.8 x 13 inches
47.8 x 33 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 view shows the city of Serravalle from the west. At the center of the view is the bell tower of St Mary's cathedral. The city is surrounded by fortified walls, orchards, and rolling hills. French text on verso.
References: Fussel, pp. 331-333.
A crisp impression on watermarked paper with minor toning, some printer's ink residue at top, light show-through of text on verso, and a tiny hole along the centerfold just below the top neatline that has been professionally repaired.