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Auction 178, Lot 338

"Corduba", Braun & Hogenberg

Subject: Cordoba, Spain

Period: 1617 (circa)

Publication: Civitates Orbis Terrarum, Vol. VI

Color: Hand Color

19.6 x 13.1 inches
49.8 x 33.3 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 nice view of Cordoba taken from the southeast with the Sierra de Cordoba in the background. In the foreground, the Roman bridge crosses the Guadalquivir River and leads to the cathedral. The view is surmounted with a banner title held aloft by cherubs and a coat of arms. Latin text on verso.

References: Fussel, pp. 435-37.

Condition: B

A nice impression in contemporary color with a number of small cracks due to oxidation of the green pigment, which have been partially repaired on verso with a combination of archival and non-archival materials.

Estimate: $550 - $700

Sold for: $400

Closed on 6/10/2020