Cologne: Braun & Hogenberg. unbound. View. Uncolored engraving. Image measures 12.75" x 18.5" very good.
Beautiful diptych of Lake Averno, the ancient city in Campania Italy and of Lake Agnano. In front of Lake Averno the artist and Ortelius are discussing if it is the entrance to the underworld. From the city atlas "Civitates Orbis Terrarum", a collection of city views and plans created as a companion to Ortelius' "Theatrum Orbis Terrarum". The volumes were published between 1572-1617 Latin edition. Chipping along edges and expert repair to tear at bottom left margin. Georg Braun (1541-1622) was a Catholic cleric who edited the "Civitates orbis terrarum," a collection of 546 prospects, bird's-eye views and maps of international cities. Hogenberg created the tables for the first 4 volumes. Together, these two geographers created a work that set new standard for cartography for the next century. This view of Lake Averno demonstrates the high quality of their work.