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Auction 174, Lot 424

"Oitinense Oppidulum et Arx Episcopi Lubecensis Sedes [on sheet with] Delineatio Civitatis Tonderensis", Braun & Hogenberg

Subject: Eutin, Germany & Tonder, Denmark

Period: 1598 (circa)

Publication: Civitates Orbis Terrarum, Vol. V

Color: Hand Color

19.4 x 14.3 inches
49.3 x 36.3 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 the town of Eutin from the north. While the town had no fortification walls, it was protected by two large lakes. At the center of the town is the church of St. Michael with the bishop's palace on a small piece of land to the east. The view at bottom shows the town of Tonder, which is situated on the Vida River. The town is surrounded by several moated castles including Tonder Castle (Arx Tonderensis). Latin text on verso.

References: Fussel, p. 385

Condition: B+

A somewhat uneven impression in the lower image with a few tiny pinholes only visible when held to light. The centerfold has been reinforced on verso with archival material.

Estimate: $375 - $450

Sold for: $250

Closed on 9/11/2019