Paris City Map, Braun and Hogenberg, 1572

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Georg Braun and Franz Hogenberg’s Civitates Orbis Terrarum is one of the greatest achievements of late 16th and early 17th century European cartography. For the first time, a publication afforded the viewer a comprehensive visual of the major European cities in an organized and detailed fashion. Published in Cologne, Germany in a series of six volumes, the Civitates was produced between 1572 and 1618 when the final volume was completed. The editions appeared in Latin, German and French issues.

Georg Braun was a canon of Cologne Cathedral and was responsible for the descriptions for each of the plates in the series as well as the introductions for each volume. Braun conceived the idea of the publication and sought the advise of many artists and printers of the time in Europe. The engraving and printing of the six volumes fell to the efforts of Franz Hogenberg who was a close confident of both Gerard Mercator and Abraham Ortelius and was the engraver used by Ortelius for his Theatrum Orbis Terrarum.

Print size: 19 * 14 inches

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