Today we are sharing several new bird’s-eye views of foreign cities. Though generally not drawn to scale, these city views were based on detailed studies, provided from in-person travels or writing from well-known travelers and explorers. They provide great insight into the town during its depicted period- important buildings, like government, military, and religious structures, are almost always labelled. Additionally, side margins or cartouches will sometimes feature people in period clothing, list important city dates or events, or show key travel routes. We hope you enjoy these intriguing, detailed prints!
Rhotomagus, Galliae Lugdunensis as Sequanam flu. Opp. vulgo Rouen. (France). By Braun and Hogenberg. Copper plate engraving, 1572-1618. A fine view of the town of Rouen, France, on the River Seine from Braun & Hogenberg’s Civitates Orbis Terrarum. Good condition. Period coloring. $495.00. LINK.
Rimini. (Italy). By Braun and Hogenberg. Copper plate engraving, 1572-1618. A fine view of the city of Rimini from Braun & Hogenberg’s Civitates Orbis Terrarum. Rimini is located between the Rivers Marecchia and Ausa on the Adriatic Sea in the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy. Good condition. Period coloring. $600.00 LINK.
Ierusalem. By Daniel Stoopendaal. Copper engraving, c. 1716. This bird’s-eye plan of old Jerusalem is based on Villapando’s imaginary city plan; it was designed by Bastiaan Stoopendaal, then revised by Daniel Stoopendaal. It was included in a Dutch Bible. The plan has an extensive key identifying landmarks, which include the palaces of David and Herod, Solomon’s Temple and various markets. At the top is an elevation of Solomon’s Temple and along the sides are religious icons and figures of a high priest and Solomon. Good condition with modern color, save small break at lower centerfold. $750.00. LINK.
Lisabona magnificentissima Regia Sedes Portugalliae et florentissimum Emporium ad ostia Tagi situm. By George Matthaus Seutter. Published by George Mattheus Seutter, Augsburg. Copper engraving, hand colored, c. 1756. This impressive split view shows a bird’s-eye view of Lisbon, capital city of Portugal, from above the Tagus River. Churches, palaces, monasteries and other public sites are identified on the view. In the center a large description in German is flanked by galleons. Along the bottom is an astonishing panoramic view of the great earthquake and accompanying tsunami which largely destroyed the city in 1755. Buildings are disintegrating amidst widespread fires, while at sea ships are swamped by the tsunami. Good condition with light hand color save repaired centerfold and trimmed outer margin with restored neat line. $1,200.00. LINK.