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Auction 179, Lot 645

"Luca", Braun & Hogenberg

Subject: Lucca, Italy

Period: 1620 (circa)

Publication: Civitates Orbis Terrarum, Vol. IV

Color: Hand Color

20.5 x 13.8 inches
52.1 x 35.1 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 handsome bird's-eye plan of the walled city of Lucca in Tuscany, formerly a Roman colony. The famous 12th century cathedral of San Martino is illustrated at bottom center. French text on verso.

References: Fussel, p. 335.

Condition: B+

A dark impression on a lightly toned sheet with a coat of arms watermark and a printer's crease adjacent to the centerfold near the bottom of the image. The left margin is narrow, and the map has been remargined at right to accommodate framing.

Estimate: $450 - $550

Sold for: $325

Closed on 9/16/2020