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Auction 179, Lot 565

"Wesel", Braun & Hogenberg

Subject: Wesel, Germany

Period: 1620 (circa)

Publication: Civitates Orbis Terrarum, Vol. IV

Color: Hand Color

18.6 x 13.4 inches
47.2 x 34 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 bird's-eye plan shows the city of Wesel along the Lower Rhine River. The plan is oriented with east at the top and shows the extensive fortified wall around the city, which was of strategic importance to trade in the region during the Middle Ages. The coat of arms of the Duchy of Cleves is at left and that of the city of Wesel at right. French text on verso.

References: Fussel, p. 285.

Condition: A

A crisp impression on a bright sheet with a coat of arms watermark and minor marginal soiling.

Estimate: $200 - $230

Sold for: $130

Closed on 9/16/2020