[Cologne]: 1598. Original hand coloured copper engraving ca. 37 x 50 cm (15 x 20in.). Latin text on verso. With an original centre fold, paper mildly age toned, but overall a very good strong impression of this attractive Birdseye view.
"This splendid bird's-eye view of Toledo was drawn by Georg Hoefnagel in 1566. The city is viewed from across the Tagus River with one of the Moorish bridges visible at right. The city was built around the cathedral with the Gothic church of San Juan de los Reyes and the Alcazar (Moorish fortress) perched on the hillsides. The view is enclosed in an elaborate framework with elevations of the cathedral and the Alcazar, called Palatium Regium Toletanum, at bottom"(Old World Auctions);
"Georg Braun was a topo-geographer. From 1572 to 1617 he edited the Civitates orbis terrarum, which contains 546 prospects, bird's-eye views and maps of cities from all around the world" (Wikipedia); Civitates orbis terrarum is "the first atlas of town plans and views embracing the known world" (Tooley A-D, p.185).
Price: $950.00 USD