Auction 170, Lot 513

"Loxa", Braun & Hogenberg

Subject: Loja, Spain

Period: 1575 (published)

Publication: Civitates Orbis Terrarum, Vol. II

Color: Hand Color

19.5 x 13.9 inches
49.5 x 35.3 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.

A fine bird's-eye view of Loja nestled between rolling hills. The Alcazaba fortress and churches are prominently rendered. In the foreground the artist (Georg Hoefnagle) and his traveling companion are seen on the road to the city. French text on verso.

References: Fussel, p. 138.

Condition: A

A clean, bright sheet with a couple of minor abrasions adjacent to the title.

Estimate: $240 - $300

Sold for: $180

Closed on 11/14/2018