"Brixia Tyrolis [on sheet with] Laubinga Sueviae Opp. Alberti Magni Patria", Braun & Hogenberg
Subject: Brixen, Italy & Lauingen, Germany
Period: 1620 (circa)
Publication: Civitates Orbis Terrarum, Vol. IV
Color: Hand Color
19.3 x 12.9 inches
49 x 32.8 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. At top is Brixen (Bressanone) in South Tyrol in northern Italy. At bottom is Lauingen along the Danube River in Bavaria, Germany. Costumed figures are presented in the foreground in both images. French text on verso.
References: Fussel, pp. 322-23.
A crisp impression on a sheet with a large coat of arms watermark, two very small holes along the centerfold, and marginal soiling.