Theatrum Veronense: 1549.
[Basel, Switzerland?, late 16th century, '1561' in pencil to verso.]
Woodcut on laid paper, folding double-page illustration to a German edition of Sebastian Münster's 'Cosmographia'. Sheet 300 x 395mm, 11¾ x 15½". Centre crease as usual.
This is a view of the grandiose Verona Arena (Arena di Verona), a Roman amphitheatre in Piazza Bra in Verona, Italy, which is internationally famous for the large-scale opera performances given there. It is one of the best preserved ancient structures of its kind. The theatre was built in the last quarter of the 1st century B.C., at the foot of the Hill of St. Peter on the banks of the Adige River. Captioned in German, German text to verso. Page numbers upper left and right. Sebastian Münster (1488 - 1552) was a cartographer and cosmographer, also professor of Hebrew at the University of Basel, whose Cosmographia of 1544 was the first German description of the world.
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