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Auction 175, Lot 429

"Toletum", Braun & Hogenberg

Subject: Toledo, Spain

Period: 1574 (circa)

Publication: Civitates Orbis Terrarum, Vol. I

Color: Hand Color

18.6 x 7.2 inches
47.2 x 18.3 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.

A decorative view of the city of Toledo, which is shown built around the i>Alcazar and is protected by the Tagus River that is spanned by two Moorish bridges. This is the top half of a sheet that was originally issued with a view of Valladolid, Spain. German text on verso.

References: Fussel, p. 53.

Condition: B+

Contemporary color with light toning and minor soiling. A few tiny edge tears confined to the blank margins have been closed on verso with archival tape.

Estimate: $200 - $230

Sold for: $130

Closed on 11/13/2019