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Auction 173, Lot 305

"Elegantissimus a Parte Orientali Oenipontis Prospectus", Braun & Hogenberg

Subject: Innsbruck, Austria

Period: 1598 (circa)

Publication: Civitates Orbis Terrarum, Vol. V

Color: Hand Color

19.9 x 14.1 inches
50.5 x 35.8 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 striking view depicts Inn Valley and the village of Amras, now a suburb of Innsbruck. It presents a beautiful, rolling landscape, with Ambras Castle overlooking a rural scene of tussling bulls, with Innsbruck in the distance against the backdrop of the mountains. Due to its emphasis on landscape, rural life, and a dramatic sky full of clouds, Fussel describes it as "somewhat untypical of the city atlas." Latin text on verso.

References: Fussel, p. 416.

Condition: A

A nice impression with a small rust spot at top left and marginal toning.

Estimate: $550 - $700

Sold for: $400

Closed on 6/5/2019