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Didier Attaix

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Hello everybody,

I wish you a very nice holiday season and the very best for new findings in 2024. I am attaching a rare hand coloured woodcut engraving of Braun & Hogenberg of Cairo dated 1585 (the only French version). Recently bought on Drouot, Paris, for nuts with a crazy depiction. I not only collect antiquities, but also maps or engravings of the 16-17th centuries. The sphinx and the Gizah pyramids are in the lower right corner. It is clear that Braun & Hogenberg never visited Cairo. These two Germans published many views of European cities, but very few elsewhere. The pyramids are too much steeper to fit with an accurate depiction.
 
All the best,
 
Didier

 

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