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Auction 181, Lot 468


"Valencena Quondam Cygnorum Vallis Urbs Han Perelegans et Valde Magnifica", Guicciardini, Luigi

Subject: Valenciennes, France

Period: 1625 (circa)


Color: Black & White

12.4 x 9.1 inches
31.5 x 23.1 cm

This lovely bird's-eye view of Valenciennes is derived from Braun and Hogenberg's town plan. It depicts the Scheldt's winding path through the town. The basilica of Notre-Dame-du-Saint-Cordon and the Eglise Saint-Gery are prominent near the town's center. Typical of Braun and Hogenberg's style, there are two local figures in the foreground at right. The plan is further decorated by two coats-of-arms and a decorative title cartouche. The page number "85" in the bottom right corner suggests that this was published in one of Jansson's editions of Guicciardini's work, likely either Description de Touts les Pays-Bas (1625) or Belgium Universum (1648).

References: cf. Shirley (BL Atlases) G.GUIC-3c.

Condition: A

A crisp impression on paper with a coat of arms watermark. There is a small wormhole near center and some minor creasing.

Estimate: $100 - $130

Sold for: $55

Closed on 2/10/2021