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Auction 172, Lot 472

"Conil, Insigne Hispanie Oppidum ad Fretum Herculeum... [on sheet with] Xeres de la Frontera", Braun & Hogenberg

Subject: Conil de la Frontera & Jerez de la Frontera, Spain

Period: 1575 (circa)

Publication: Civitates Orbis Terrarum, Vol. II

Color: Hand Color

18.3 x 12.4 inches
46.5 x 31.5 cm
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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.

The top view depicts Conil de la Frontera, which is relegated to the background while a scene of fishermen draws the eye, denoting the importance of fishing in this Atlantic coast town. The bottom view focuses on the important horse-breeding industry in Jerez de la Frontera, with the fortified city stretching across the background. French text on verso.

References: Fussel, p. 141.

Condition: A

A bright sheet with minor marginal soiling and a small, professionally repaired chip in the bottom blank margin.

Estimate: $350 - $425

Sold for: $250

Closed on 4/17/2019