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Rare First Edition of a Fine Pair of City Views

Barcelona/ Granada. BRAUN, G. & HOGENBERG, F. [Cologne, 1572]
Barcelona/ Granata. 12 ½ x 18 ¼ inches
Fine hand color; fine condition.


Rare. Two panoramas printed together, depicting the vibrant Mediterranean port of Barcelona and the Andalusian city of Granada. Only the 1572 edition of the Civitatis Orbis Terrarum included this pairing; for the 1575 edition and thereafter, the Granada view was replaced with Ecija, and Granada was depicted separately.

Both views feature Braun & Hogenberg at their best: the cities are shown in panorama, with figures of nobles and laborers in the foreground. Granada’s walls embrace the city packed high on its promontories, and Barcelona’s busy harbor is embellished with a rainbow.

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