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Auction 176, Lot 439

"Bloys", Braun & Hogenberg

Subject: Blois, France

Period: 1575 (circa)

Publication: Civitates Orbis Terrarum, Vol. II

Color: Hand Color

17.3 x 12 inches
43.9 x 30.5 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.

This is an attractive birds-eye view of Blois, France, situated on the Loire river. The city served as the residence of Louis XII and Francis I during the 16th century. At lower right is an index to 43 locations within the city. Latin text on verso.

References: Fussel, p. 152.

Condition: B+

There is light toning that is more prominent along the centerfold and in the margins. A tiny hole along the upper centerfold has been reinforced on verso with archival material, and there is some minor soiling primarily in the blank margins. Remnants of hinge tape on verso.

Estimate: $275 - $350

Sold for: $150

Closed on 2/12/2020