"Soest", Braun & Hogenberg
Subject: Soest, Germany
Period: 1620 (circa)
Publication: Civitates Orbis Terrarum, Vol. IV
Color: Hand Color
18.7 x 12.7 inches
47.5 x 32.3 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.
A stunning panoramic view from the southeast of Soest, a city in present-day North Rhine-Westphalia. Several large churches dominate the city, including St. Patroclus, while the foreground is filled with farmers and villagers. French text on verso.
References: Fussel, pp. 295-97.
A crisp impression on a bright sheet with a coat of arms watermark, minor toning along the centerfold, a couple of tiny worm holes along the centerfold, and some small chips in the corners of the sheet.