Braun & Hogenberg
Rare Old Maps for Sale.
Georg Braun and Franz Hogenberg’s Civitates Orbis Terrarum, is recognized as 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 and settlements 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 [1541-1622] 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. Amongst the contributors were Flemish painter and draftsman, Joris Hoefnagel and his son Jakob. Hendrik van Schoel; the surveyor Jacob van Deventer of the Netherlands; the English cartographer William Smith as well as Heinrich Rantzau, to mention a few of the ones involved with the project. Special emphasis should be noted with Joris Hoefnagel [1542-1600] who was one of the most significant contributors to the Civitates.
The engraving and printing of the six volumes fell to the efforts of Franz Hogenberg [1535-1590] and to Simon Novellanus. Hogenberg was a close confident of both Gerard Mercator and Abraham Ortelius and was the engraver used by Ortelius for his Theatrum Orbis Terrarum. Later issues of the volumes were produced from the original copperplates by Dutch surveyor and cartographer Johannes Jansson from 1653. After several exchanges the printing plates were sold at auction and purchased by Frederick de Wit. He then re-worked the plates and published variations under his banner. Others who had some involvement with the series included Pieter van der Aa of Leiden. The prints we offer are either the first or second state of the printings. Most are strong images and in very good condition.
From part one of the six parts published between 1572 and 1617 of the Civitates Orbis Terrarum. This image is the only view to depict cities in the New World….Read More
A very detailed bird’s – eye view of the town of Namur at the confluence of Sambre and Musse rivers. The city is seen from the northeast, with the tower…Read More
21.19 - Dordracum, Vulgo Dortt. Me Mosa & Walis, cum Linga, Meruaque, Cingunt, Aeternam Batave Virginis, Ecce, Fidem, ca 1575, by Braun & Hogenberg, Netherlands
This beautiful print from the Civitates Orbis Terrarum “Cities of the World”, depicts a coastal view of Dordrecht over the Merwede. Numerous locations are numbered in the image with a…Read More
21.20 - Cliviam, Ducatus Clivensis Elegans ...[on one sheet with] Duisburgum, Oppidum Antiquissimum Vetus ... [and] Embrica, Clivensis Ditionis Oppidum Ecclesia Collegiata .... [and] Gennapium, Ducatus Clivensis, Opp, ca 1575, by Braun & Hogenberg, Cologne
Four views on one sheet of Kleve, Emmerich, and Genappe, as well as a bird’s-eye view of Duisburg, Germany. From one of the greatest publications of the 16th century; the…Read More
A bird-eye view of the city of Tienen from the Civitates Orbis Terrarum [Cities of the World] first published in 1572 with six volumes until 1618. Some 531 towns and…Read More
A detailed panoramic view of Roan, France giving great detail of the buildings and countryside from the joint publication by Braum / Hogenberg the Civitates Orbis Terrarum 1572- 90. The…Read More
Two views on one sheet of Soest and Warborch in northern Germany. From one of the greatest publications of the 16th century; the Civitates was complied and written by George…Read More
A fine birds-eye plan of Deventer, Netherlands depicting a network of canals and walls surrounding the medieval city. The city is viewed from the south, on the east side bank…Read More
A fine panoramic view of Nuremberg, from the magnificent city atlas, Civitates Orbis Terrarum published in six sections between 1572 and 1617 by George Braun, Canon of Cologne Cathedral and…Read More