"Gorlitz", Braun & Hogenberg
Subject: Gorlitz, Germany
Period: 1575 (circa)
Publication: Civitates Orbis Terrarum, Vol. II
Color: Hand Color
19.4 x 12 inches
49.3 x 30.5 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 lovely panoramic view shows the city of Gorlitz straddling the Lusatian Neisse river on the border between Germany and Poland. Several important historic buildings are noted in the view, including the Reichenbacher Turm and St. Peter and Paul Church. A horse-drawn carriage fills the foreground. French text on verso.
References: Fussel, pp. 182-83.
An excellent impression on a clean, bright sheet with professional repairs to a few minor separations along the centerfold.