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Note that we have many more views of Europe.
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Selection of views
Views by Braun & Hogenberg
18th Century views of European Cities
Perspective Views or Vues D'Optique
Views of Rome by Piranesi
Architectural Details by Domenico de Rossi
Architectural Details by Jean François de Neufforge
Views of the British Isles
Views of Russia


Selection of European Views

Hartmann Schedel. From an edition of the Nuremberg Chronicle. Nuremberg, Nuremberg Chronicle, 1493. 15 x 10 1/4 (full sheet). Woodcuts. Overall fine condition. Latin text and on verso.

Hartmann Schedel's Weltchronik, usually referred to as the Nuremberg Chronicle, was printed by Anton Koberger in Latin and German editions beginning in 1493. Two artists, Michel Wolgemut and Wilhelm Pleydenwurff provided illustrations which were reproduced by many anonymous wood block cutters. The first edition of the book contained 645 woodcuts, and over time, subsequent editions had as many as 1,809. These illustrations of places were more representational than accurate, but among the earliest of their kind.

Sneeck et alSneeck/Sloten/Doccum/Ylst, Netherlands
"Sneecha. vulgo Sneeck Frisiæ Occidentalis Oppidum"/ "Sloten"/ "Doccum"/ "Ylstæ." Volume IV, 1588. Original hand color. 13 3/4 x 16 1/4. Minor repaired tears at edges. Latin text on verso.

Plans of these four small Dutch towns appear in separate panels, along with two Dutch couples in local dress.

Braun and Hogenberg's Civitates Orbis Terrarum is one of the most important works from the early days of modern cartography and topographical illustration. Georg Braun, the editor, and Frans Hogenberg, the engraver, worked for over twenty years to produce their "towns of the world," the first systematic depiction of views of cities throughout the world. This impressive production, issued in six volumes from 1572 to 1617, was a monumental piece of Renaissance learning and was designed to complement Ortelius' Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, the first modern atlas. These two atlases, both firsts of their type, were in response to a new interest in the nature of the world by the Western European population. This nascent interest was spurred both by the existence of a growing middle class and the relatively new general availability of printed books. $650
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Friedrich Berhard Werner. "Rysesel s. Lille." Germany: Martin Engelbrecht, 1730-40. ["Cum Priv. S.C. Maj."] Engraving by Johann Georg Ringlin. Ca. 7 x 12, with German text below. Margined at top and bottom to make uniform size for binding. Very good condition.

One of a series of wonderful eighteenth century German prints after drawings by Friedrich Berhard Werner (1690-1778). Werner was an artist and an engraver who had studied in Breslau and travelled throughout Europe. Johann Georg Ringlin (or Ringle) was from Augsburg and lived from 1691 to 1761. The publisher, Martin Engelbrecht (1684-1756) was also from Augsburg and is listed in Benezit as the illustrater for P. Decker's Les Architectes princiers. These prints are very rare and the quality of them is excellent, with clear and detailed information, including numbered keys to the major sites in the cities depicted. The images are embellished with elaborate cartouches and vignettes of natives in the foreground. This image of Lille is typical of the series. $275
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"A View of the Villages of Loenen & Croonenburg, from Nieuwerhock." London: Bowles & Carver. Engraving. 9 x 13 1/2. Very good condition.

The firm of Bowles & Carver flourished in London from 1793 until 1832. Upon the death of Carington Bowles (1724-1793), his firm was taken over by his son Henry Carington Bowles (1763-1830). Bowles and (Samuel) Carver published prints and maps from old copper plates and disseminated them throughout the world. That they were targeting multinational markets is evident by the use of two or more languages in the text of the prints they chose to publish. The gracefulness of the lines on these landscapes shows a marked improvement on the primitive vues d'optique that were published in France and Germany in earlier decades. $125

Truman, Hanbury, Buxton Brewery
"Messrs. Truman, Hanbury, Buxton & Co.'s Brewery." London: J. Moore, March 1, 1842. 17 7/8 x 23 7/8. Aquatint. Original hand color. Very good condition.

The Truman, Hanbury & Buxton & Co. brewery in Spitalfields (also known as the Black Eagle Brewery) is one of the oldest in London, begun by Thomas Bucknall in 1669. This is an image looking down Brick Lane with the brewery buildings, the earliest of which date to the early 18th century, on both sides, including the clock house on the right. The brewery expanded until it became the largest in London and the second largest in Great Britain. Of note is the fact that Mrs. Micawber, in David Copperfield, makes mention of the firm of Truman, Hanbury, & Buxton. This print, dedicated to the partners, was published by J. Moore, printseller to H.R. H. the Duke of Orleans, "at his Wholesale Looking Glass and Picture Frame Manufactory" on St. Martins Lane. It shows a busy scene on Brick Lane, with draymen, vendors, brewers, and with a locomotive crossing a bridge in the distance. A rare and wonderful print. $1,200
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Crystal Palace DayspacerCrystal Palace, Night

Day/Night or Inside/Outside prints. Mid-nineteenth century. Approx. 9 1/2 x 11 3/4. Lithographs. Original hand color. Very good condition, except as noted.

Pairs of lithographic images, printed and hand colored on each side of a single sheet of paper, intended to present contrasting views, usually of the same place in both day and night. Occasionally, a different scene would be represented in the evening view. These prints would have been a novelty in the mid-nineteenth century. They could be retained in a portfolio or framed with glass on both sides.




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