Lot 9 of 420:
Bird's-eye view of Cairo 1572  

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Lot closed - Sold For:$480
Estimate:
$500 - $800

Title:
Cairus, quae olim Babylon; Aegypti Maxima urbs
Author:
Braun & Hogenberg
Place:
Cologne
Publisher:
Date:
1572
Description:

Copper-engraved bird's-eye view, hand-colored. 33.1x48.3 cm (13x19").

Striking bird's-eye view of Cairo and the surrounding countryside includes depictions of the pyramids and the Sphinx. Several people are illustrated in the foreground including a cavalry engaged in exercises, travelers on the roads, veiled women 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. Latin text on verso.

Lot Amendments
Condition:
Some light foxing, a few neat repairs, small chip in upper margin; very good.
 
Item number:
283467
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