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[Title Page] Theatri Praecipuarum Totius Mundi Urbium

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[Title Page] Theatri Praecipuarum Totius Mundi Urbium : G. Braun & F. Hogenberg

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Georg Braun (1541-1622) and Frans Hogenberg (1535-1590) were co-publishers of the monumental Civitates Orbis Terrarum, "the earliest systematic city atlas" (Koeman), published from 1572 onwards. This enormous work, which was expanded to incorporate over 500 plans and views, must be viewed as one of the most ambitious book producing ventures of all time. Braun compiled the accompanying text, printed on the reverse, while the plans were engraved by Hogenberg, who had also prepared the maps for Ortelius' "Theatrum". Hogenberg used generally up-to-date and accurate maps, surveys and reports to compile this collection of plans and bird's-eye views of all the major towns of Europe, and a smaller number of towns outside Europe. This title page is to the sixth and final volume and the lower panels contrast images of a prosperous and peaceful city with one under siege, while a central image depicts fortifications being built. To either side of this, the Holy Roman Emperor and his court look across to the Protestant Palatine Elector and his supporters. Allegorical figures sit atop the title panel.
region: Title Pages
mapmaker: G. Braun & F. Hogenberg  
place and date of publication: Cologne 1618
medium and colour: Copperplate, Coloured
size in mm: 360 by 225mm (14.25 by 8.75 inches).
ref: 40290

Price: £ 750

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