Auction 96, Lot 458

"Cairus, quae olim Babylon; Aegypti Maxima urbs", Braun & Hogenberg

Subject: Egypt

Period: 1574 (circa)

Publication: Civitates Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

Size:
19 x 13 inches
48.3 x 33 cm

Striking birds-eye view of Cairo and the surrounding countryside, including depictions of the Pyramids and the Sphinx. Several people in the foreground including a cavalry engaged in exercises, travelers on the roads and a man picking dates. Boats and crocodiles fill the Nile River. A legend describing the view is enclosed in a strapwork cartouche at bottom right. This is one of the more detailed views by Braun and Hogenberg, showing literally hundreds of houses and other features of the city. French text on verso.

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Condition: A

Tissue repair of short tears in marginal. Later color.

Estimate: $750 - $800

Sold for: $500

Closed on 9/12/2001

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