Georg Braun & Franz Hogenberg: Cities of the World - Complete Edition of the Colour Plates of 1572-1617
by Stephan Fussel
folio. pp. 600. English, French & German text. profusely illustrated. hardcover in printed publisher's cardboard box with handle. Koln: Taschen, 2008.
New in publisher's shrink wrap.
from the XXL Taschen series!
ISBN-10: 3822852724 / ISBN-13: 9783822852729
____________________________________________________________________________________________This is history's most opulent collection of town maps and illustrations. It is the complete reprint of all 531 color plates from Braun and Hogenberg's survey of town maps, city views, and plans of Europe, Africa, Asia and Central America, with dozens of unusual details as well as selected extracts from the original text and an in-depth commentary. It is first published in Cologne 1572-1617. Five centuries after it was originally published in Cologne, Braun and Hogenberg's magnificent collection of town map engravings, "Civitates Orbis Terrarum", has been brought back to life with this reprint taken from a rare and superbly preserved original set of six volumes. Produced between 1572 and 1618 - just before the extensive devastation wreaked by the Thirty Tears' War - the work contains 531 plans, bird's-eye views, and map views of all major cities in Europe, plus important cities in Asia, Africa, and Latin America.Edited and annotated by theologian and publisher Georg Braun and largely engraved by cartographer Franz Hogenberg, the Civitates was intended as a companion volume for Abraham Ortelius' 1570 world atlas, "Theatrum Orbis Terrarum".
Over a hundred different artists and cartographers contributed to the sumptuous artwork, which not only shows the towns but also features additional elements, such as figures in local dress, ships, ox-drawn carts, courtroom scenes, and topographical details, that help convey the situation, commercial power, and political importance of the towns they accompany.The Civitates was, and remains, a unique undertaking which gives us a comprehensive view of urban life at the turn of the 17th century. "Taschen's" reprint includes all of the city plates, accompanied by selected extracts from Braun's texts on the history and contemporary significance of each urban center as well as translations of the Latin cartouches within each plate. A detailed commentary places each city map in its cartographical and cultural context and examines earlier sources and later editions. Rounding off this comprehensive publication is a separate introductory essay examining the Civitates in its cultural and historical context.
From Paris, London, and Rome to Mexico City, Cairo, and Jerusalem, readers will find many a familiar city to zoom back in time and explore - in fact, many of the maps can still be used for orientation in historical town centers today.