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Braun, Georg & Hogenberg, Franz

Cajazzo - Calatia Vulgo Caiazo, perantiquum Campaniae Foeticis oppidum

Calatia Lectori: SVM Pietate Potens, Romaeqve Coaeva Vetvstae: Tvllivs, et Nostrae id Dicent Monvmenta Rvinae 1597

Antique Cajazzo - Calatia Vulgo Caiazo, perantiquum Campaniae Foeticis oppidum

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  • Cologne
  • 1597
  • Copper engraving / Original color
  • map
  • Caiazzo
  • 36.8 x 49,5 cm (14.5 x 19,5 inches).
  • Vol. V / 66.
  • 33430
  • The double page was prior several times folded, further verso several old mendings with modern tape, however still in acceptable condition. A restauration outside of the image

Article description

Article description

Original antique copper engraving, hand colored in outline and wash when published. Decorative city map of Caiazzo. The plan is included in the" Civitates Orbis Terrarum ", the first atlas devoted exclusively to the plans and views of the most important cities in the world. It was printed in six volumes between 1572 and 1617 and was very popular. So much so that several editions were printed which were translated into Latin, German and French. In 1572, George Braun (1541-1622), a clergyman of the city, published the first of the six volumes of the "Civitates" Orbis Terrarum "in Cologne., which contains a total of over 500 perspectives, bird's eye views and maps of cities from all over the world, the last volume of which was published in 1617. Fransz Hogenberg (1535-1590) made the plates for the first four books and Simon van den Neuwel (Novellanus, active from 1580) those for volumes V and VI. 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)

Calatia Lectori: SVM Pietate Potens, Romaeqve Coaeva Vetvstae: Tvllivs, et Nostrae id Dicent Monvmenta Rvinae 1597

Vol. V / 66.

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