Lot 418 of 541:
Braun & Hogenberg views with possible entrance to Hades  

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Hic est Introitus Antri Sibylle Cumane, quod vulgo appellatur grotta della Sibylla... [on sheet with] Vera delineatio lacus Aniani Antrique laetalis...

Braun & Hogenberg





Two copper-engraved bird's-eye views on one sheet, with titles and text in decorative borders; hand-colored. Overall 32.5x47 cm (12¾x18½") plus wide margins.

A very decorative and captivating pair of views near the town of Cumae, near Naples, Italy. The top view depicts the grotto of Cumaean Sibyl with two figures in the foreground discussing the scene, being the  cartographer Abraham Ortelius and the engraver George Hoefnage, who, according to the inscription nearby, are doubting that Lake Averno was the reputed entrance to Hades according to Virgil's Aeneid. The lower view shows the Cave of Dogs so named because of the poisonous sulfur fumes that emanated from it. Front the Civitates Orbis Terrarum of Braun & Hogenberg. Latin text on verso.

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