Civitates Orbis Terrarum - Braun / Hogenberg 1574-1618

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Georg Braun and Franz Hogenberg: Beschreibung und Contrafactur der Vornembster Stät der Welt 1574-1618, Beschreibung und Contrafactur der vornembster Stät der Welt, Städteansichten

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Georg Braun and Franz Hogenberg: Beschreibung und Contrafactur der Vornembster Stät der Welt 1574-1618
Beschreibung und Contrafactur der vornembster Stät der Welt
Städteansichten

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6 volumes - 1,600 pages / 41.0 x 28.0 cm

Origin
Date
1574-1618
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Language
Artist / School

Georg Braun (1541 - 1622)
Franz Hogenberg (1535 - 1590)
Georg Hoefnagel

Illustrations

More than 600 colourized, mostly double-page townscapes

Short description

This 6-volume work records the maps of the explored regions of the world of the 16th Century. The Flemish engraver Franz Hogenberg accomplished this feat with the help of the Cologne Theologian Georg Braun, who served as the publisher. This massive work, consists of 1600 pages with over 600 city plans and views. This incredible book also grants extensive side information of the depicted places, which rounds out the work well and bestows it with a strong sense of the joy of discovery and the desire to comprehend a larger world.

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De Civitates Orbis Terrarum

This 6-volume work records the maps of the explored regions of the world of the 16th Century. The Flemish engraver Franz Hogenberg accomplished this feat with the help of the Cologne Theologian Georg Braun, who served as the publisher. This massive work, consists of 1600 pages with over 600 city plans and views. This incredible book also grants extensive side information of the depicted places, which rounds out the work well and bestows it with a strong sense of the joy of discovery and the desire to comprehend a larger world.

A View of the Larger, Wider World

This enormous work was edited and created between 1572 and 1618, which is also known under the title “(In German) Beschreibung und Contrafactur der vornembster Stät der Welt”. Therefore, this work predates by nearly a half century the well-known Topographia Germaniae, which was created by the capable ** Matthäus Merians**. Together with the Cologne Theologian Georg Braun, the Flemish engraver Franz Hogenberg was the project leader. Under the title of “Civitates Orbis Terrarum”, the work is a collection of the great and important cities of Europe, Asian, Africa, and even America. The wealth of locations in this work goes from London to Cuzco in Mexico, Weimar and Salzburg, as well as cities like Vilnius. Therefore this 6-volume work applies as the oldest testament collection of ity locations across the entire world. The historical importance of this work is also crucial; it provides a systematic mapping of the structures of many medieval cities that were, shortly after the publication of this book, destroyed during the 30 Years War and then rebuilt during the baroque Reconstruction.

Sweeping View, Artful Design

A complete Atlas in the most modern sense, the work contains the most complete information of city plans that were available. The various cities are their surrounding landscapes are often imbued with decorations and artful figures. Many of the inhabitants of these cities are shown *engaged in the activities of their daily lives**, which gives the reader information about what each local population generally did for a living. Coats of Arms and elevation markers fill in among the detail of each city view. Each of these city views are complete with descriptions of the Geography, History, and Economy of each of the respective locations, which were authored by Georg Braun.
The city views are truly a treasure trove of seemingly endless pages of information that will interested any enthusiast of the Humanities. This work not only stimulates the mind, but also offers the eye endless enjoyment through the lovely design and artist shaping of the maps. Hogenberg’s etching are artfully colored and can claim to be—due to its background scenes and decorations—among any worthy art collection.

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