Both historically and artistically valuable: a journey through time to the 16th century with more than 600 fantastic city views

Civitates Orbis Terrarum - Braun / Hogenberg 1574-1618

Cologne (Germany) — 1574–1618

Civitates Orbis Terrarum - Braun / Hogenberg 1574-1618

Civitates Orbis Terrarum - Braun / Hogenberg 1574-1618

Cologne (Germany) — 1574–1618

  1. This 6-volume work explored various regions of the world in the 16th century, depicting over 600 cityscapes

  2. It was a collaboration of the engraver Franz Hogenberg and the theologian/printer Georg Braun

  3. The etchings also detail everyday life, i.e. the folk dress, occupations, and activities of the local population

Beschreibung und Contrafactur der vornembster Stät der Welt (Complete edition, 6 volumes, leather binding)

Civitates Orbis Terrarum - Braun / Hogenberg 1574-1618

Dresden

This cityscape of Dresden shows three wealthy residents strolling along the banks of the Elbe River, stylishly attired in the fashions of the late 16th century. The gentleman is dressed in puffy pantaloons and tights while the ladies wear elaborate dresses with countless skirts, stiff shirts, and exaggerated shoulders. A long stone bridge in the background connects the Old City of Dresden on the right with the growing Renaissance metropolis on the left.

Civitates Orbis Terrarum - Braun / Hogenberg 1574-1618

Alternative Titles:
  • Georg Braun and Franz Hogenberg: Beschreibung und Contrafactur der Vornembster Stät der Welt 1574-1618
  • Beschreibung und Contrafactur der vornembster Stät der Welt
  • Städteansichten
Civitates Orbis Terrarum - Braun / Hogenberg 1574-1618
Civitates Orbis Terrarum - Braun / Hogenberg 1574-1618
Civitates Orbis Terrarum - Braun / Hogenberg 1574-1618
Civitates Orbis Terrarum - Braun / Hogenberg 1574-1618
Civitates Orbis Terrarum - Braun / Hogenberg 1574-1618
Civitates Orbis Terrarum - Braun / Hogenberg 1574-1618
Civitates Orbis Terrarum - Braun / Hogenberg 1574-1618
Civitates Orbis Terrarum - Braun / Hogenberg 1574-1618
Civitates Orbis Terrarum - Braun / Hogenberg 1574-1618
Civitates Orbis Terrarum - Braun / Hogenberg 1574-1618
Civitates Orbis Terrarum - Braun / Hogenberg 1574-1618
Civitates Orbis Terrarum - Braun / Hogenberg 1574-1618
Civitates Orbis Terrarum - Braun / Hogenberg 1574-1618
Civitates Orbis Terrarum - Braun / Hogenberg 1574-1618
Civitates Orbis Terrarum - Braun / Hogenberg 1574-1618
Civitates Orbis Terrarum - Braun / Hogenberg 1574-1618
Civitates Orbis Terrarum - Braun / Hogenberg 1574-1618
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  1. Short Description
  2. Codicology

Short Description

The 6-volume Civitates Orbis Terrarum records the maps of the explored regions of the world in 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 cityscapes and maps. 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.

De Civitates Orbis Terrarum – Cities of the World

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. Also known by the Latin title 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 is considered to be the oldest collection of cityscapes 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 cityscapes 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 etchings were artfully colored and, with the staffage and genre scenes already mentioned, resemble standalone panel paintings.

Codicology

Alternative Titles
Georg Braun and Franz Hogenberg: Beschreibung und Contrafactur der Vornembster Stät der Welt 1574-1618
Beschreibung und Contrafactur der vornembster Stät der Welt
Städteansichten
Size / Format
6 volumes - 1,600 pages / 41.0 x 28.0 cm
Date
1574–1618
Language
Illustrations
More than 600 colourized, mostly double-page townscapes
Artist / School
Beschreibung und Contrafactur der vornembster Stät der Welt (Complete edition, 6 volumes, leather binding)

Civitates Orbis Terrarum - Braun / Hogenberg 1574–1618

Venice

Venice is one of the most unique cities in the world, a cluster of 118 islands in a lagoon linked by bridges and canals and one of the most beautiful and romantic places in the world, which is renowned for its art, architecture, and culture. Its unique position, surrounded by water, made the city virtually impossible to take by force, allowing for the long and glorious history of the Republic of Venice.

This map of Venice is remarkable both for its artistry and its detail – the key at the bottom of the page, aside from portraying a procession of important officials, identifies well over one hundred locations in the city. Major landmarks are depicted with great accuracy, and the waters surrounding Venice are teeming with contemporary ships.

2 available facsimile edition(s) of „Civitates Orbis Terrarum - Braun / Hogenberg 1574-1618“

Beschreibung und Contrafactur der vornembster Stät der Welt (Complete edition, 6 volumes, leather binding)
Civitates Orbis Terrarum - Braun / Hogenberg 1574-1618
Civitates Orbis Terrarum - Braun / Hogenberg 1574-1618
Civitates Orbis Terrarum - Braun / Hogenberg 1574-1618
Civitates Orbis Terrarum - Braun / Hogenberg 1574-1618
Civitates Orbis Terrarum - Braun / Hogenberg 1574-1618
Civitates Orbis Terrarum - Braun / Hogenberg 1574-1618
Civitates Orbis Terrarum - Braun / Hogenberg 1574-1618
Civitates Orbis Terrarum - Braun / Hogenberg 1574-1618
Civitates Orbis Terrarum - Braun / Hogenberg 1574-1618
Civitates Orbis Terrarum - Braun / Hogenberg 1574-1618
Civitates Orbis Terrarum - Braun / Hogenberg 1574-1618
Civitates Orbis Terrarum - Braun / Hogenberg 1574-1618
Civitates Orbis Terrarum - Braun / Hogenberg 1574-1618
Civitates Orbis Terrarum - Braun / Hogenberg 1574-1618
Civitates Orbis Terrarum - Braun / Hogenberg 1574-1618
Civitates Orbis Terrarum - Braun / Hogenberg 1574-1618
Civitates Orbis Terrarum - Braun / Hogenberg 1574-1618
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Beschreibung und Contrafactur der vornembster Stät der Welt (Complete edition, 6 volumes, leather binding)

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6 volumes by Max Schefold
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Beschreibung und Contrafactur der vornembster Stät der Welt (Complete edition, 6 volumes, cork binding)

6 volumes: Exact reproduction of the original document (extent, color and size)
Limited Edition
300 copies
Binding
Cork with leather
Commentary
6 volumes by Max Schefold
Language: German
More Information
Reproduction of the entire original document as detailed as possible (scope, format, colors). The binding may not correspond to the original or current document binding.
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