"Bilvao", Braun & Hogenberg
Subject: Bilbao, Spain
Period: 1620 (circa)
Publication: Civitates Orbis Terrarum, Vol. II
Color: Hand Color
19.1 x 9.9 inches
48.5 x 25.1 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 charming panoramic view of Bilbao shows the city from the southeast. The estuary of Bilbao flows alongside the city, extending west to the town of Portugalete. The famous San Anton bridge and Church of San Anton appear at far right, as well as in the city's coat of arms at top. French text on verso.
References: Fussel, pp. 146, 148.
A nice impression on a clean, bright sheet with a professionally repaired tear confined to the top blank margin.