Auction 169, Lot 477

"Tornacum", Braun & Hogenberg

Subject: Tournai, Belgium

Period: 1620 (circa)

Publication: Civitates Orbis Terrarum, Vol. IV

Color: Hand Color

17.1 x 14.3 inches
43.4 x 36.3 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.

Beautiful bird's-eye plan of the historic Belgian town of Tournai as viewed from the south. Thirty locations in the plan are located by a numbered key. The plan is decorated with two strapwork cartouches, three heraldic crests, and a trio of costumed figures in the foreground. French text on verso.

References: Fussel, p. 281.

Condition: B+

A nice impression on a sheet with a large coat of arms watermark, light toning, three tiny holes along the centerfold, and minor marginal soiling.

Estimate: $200 - $240


Closed on 9/12/2018