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- Published: G. Braun & F. Hogenberg , Cologne
- Published date: 1572
- Technique: Copper engraving / Original color.
- Type: Antique Map, map
- Issue date: 1572-78
- Category: Trier, Koblenz und Rothenburg
- Size: 387 by 470mm (15 by 18 inches).
- Bibliography: I / 36
- Stock number: 11904
- Condition: Old colored when published. In very good condition, the view of Rothenburg with an old mended split at the centre fold and a narrow margin at the bottom, which was skilfully added with paper from the period. 387 by 470mm (15 by 18 inches).
Article descriptionOriginal copper engraving, hand colored in wash published ca. 1572-78 in volume I of the famous town book 'Civitates Orbis Terrarum' by Braun and Hogenberg. Decorative hand colored in the period when published. The entire series of the 'Civitates Orbis Terrarum' comprised six volumes and was published and printed from 1572 towards 1619 in Cologne. This decorative map shows three towns on one double page: Trier, Koblenz and Rothenburg all as panoramic city views. The views are equipped with many details of engraved houses, churches and its city walls. Every print has a cartouche with an Latin text. Verso descriptive German text. Georg Braun (also Brunus, Bruin; 1541 – 10 March 1622) was a topo-geographer. From 1572 to 1617 he edited the Civitates orbis terrarum, which contains 546 prospects, bird's-eye views and maps of cities from all around the world. He was the principal editor of the work, he acquired the tables, hired the artists, and wrote the texts. He died as an octogenarian in 1622, as the only survivor of the original team to witness the publication of volume VI in 1617. Braun was born and died in Cologne. His principal profession was as a Catholic cleric. However, he spent thirty-seven years as canon and dean at the church, St. Maria ad Gradus, in Cologne. His six-volume work was inspired by Sebastian Münster's Cosmographia. In form and layout it resembles the 1570 Theatrum orbis terrarum by Abraham Ortelius, as Ortelius was interested in a complementary companion for the Theatrum. The Braun publication set new standards in cartography for over 100 years. Frans Hogenberg (1535–1590, from Mechelen) created the tables for volumes I through IV, and Simon van den Neuwel created those for volumes V and VI. Other contributors were Joris Hoefnagel, Jacob Hoefnagel, cartographer Daniel Freese, and Heinrich Rantzau. Works by Jacob van Deventer, Sebastian Münster, and Johannes Stumpf were also used. Primarily European cities are depicted in the publication; however, Cairo Casablanca and Mexico City as well as Cuzco on one sheet are also included in volume I, whereas Tunis is featured in volume II. Frans Hogenberg (1535–1590) was a Flemish and German painter, engraver, and mapmaker. Hogenberg was born in Mechelen in Flanders as the son of Nicolaas Hogenberg. In 1568 he was banned from Antwerp by the Duke of Alva and travelled to London, where he stayed a few years before emigrating to Cologne. He is known for portraits and topographical views as well as historical allegories. He also produced scenes of contemporary historical events. Hogenberg died in Cologne. (Wikipedia)
Treveris - Typus ac situzs Antiquissimae et praecipuae Mediomatricum civitatis Trevirensis - Cobolentz - Situs ciuitatis confluentinae; Germanis Koblentz ubi Mosella fluuius Rheno miscetur - Rotenburg - Rotenburgum ad Tubarum; elegans Franconiae oppidum Hierosolomytanae urbis; situ resondere dicitur; á turrium et tegular rubore; nomen habens; osim proprijs ducibus paruit; nunc imperio; post Friderici primi Secula; acceßit.
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