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BRAUN, GEORG [and] FRANS HOGENBERG
CIVITATES ORBIS TERRARUM
[Antwerp and Cologne], 1573. Apparently the FIRST EDITIONS of each volume . Hardcover. An Invaluable Visual Record of Medieval Europe, Complete with 363 Double-Page Maps and Views. 425 x 298 mm (16 3/4 x 11 3/4"). Six volumes bound in three. Apparently the FIRST EDITIONS of each volume. IN RECENT ORNATE RED MOROCCO REPLICA BINDINGS BY COURTLAND BENSON, covers panelled in gilt, raised bands, spines densely gilt in compartments featuring multiple antique tools. COMPLETE WITH six engraved allegorical title pages and 363 FINE ENGRAVED PLATES OF THE CITIES OF THE WORLD, two of these (Antwerp and Cracow) large folding plates, the rest double-page. Koeman II, B & H 1-6; NMM III, 459; Phillips, "Atlases," 59 (citing the 1612 edition). About 20 perecent of the plates carefully cleaned to brighten them, the other plates with only minor yellowing and slight foxing (mostly at edges), a handful of plates in weak impressions, other insignificant defects, but A REMARKABLY ATTRACTIVE SET with few of the almost inevitable signs of use internally (virtually no tears, for example, or fraying, dampstaining, thumbing, smudging, or worming), the engravings consistently clean and fresh, and the beautifully executed retrospective bindings unworn. This is an uncommonly seen complete set, with none of the typically fatal condition problems, of an invaluable visual record of Medieval Europe. The first serious attempt to give graphic representations of the world's main cities, this is a book, in Tooley's words, that is "a wonderful compendium of knowledge of life in Europe in the sixteenth cen … [Click Below for Full Description]
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