Auction 169, Lot 473

"Hafnia Vulgo Kopenhagen Urbs Daniae Primaria qua se Terra Marique Conspiciendam Exhibet...", Braun & Hogenberg

Subject: Copenhagen, Denmark

Period: 1587 (dated)

Publication: Civitates Orbis Terrarum, Vol. IV

Color: Hand Color

16.5 x 14.4 inches
41.9 x 36.6 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 sheet includes two panoramic views of the harbor and city of Copenhagen as viewed from both land and sea. The famous Church of Our Lady and the castle are prominently shown. In the upper view are numerous windmills and two horse-drawn carriages, while several large galleons fill the foreground in the lower view. French text on verso.

References: Fussel, p. 301.

Condition: A

A sharp impression on a bright sheet with a coat of arms watermark. There is a small hole in the right blank margin.

Estimate: $800 - $1,000

Sold for: $600

Closed on 9/12/2018