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Georg Braun

Georg Braun


Georg Braun (1541-1622) was born and died in Cologne. His primary vocation was as Catholic cleric; he spent thirty-seven years as canon and dean at the church St. Maria ad Gradus, in Cologne. Braun was the chief editor of the Civitates orbis terrarum, the greatest book of town views ever published. His job entailed hiring artists, acquiring source material for the maps and views, and writing the text. In this role, he was assisted by Abraham Ortelius. Braun lived into his 80s, and he was the only member of the original team to witness the publication of the sixth volume in 1617.



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1575 - Marseille

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Nice example of this inconic plan of 16th Century Marseille, which appeared in volume 2 of Braun & Hogenberg's 6 volume Civititas Orbis Terrarum.


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1576 - Monsiessulanus, Montpellier (and) Turo, Tours, (and) Pictavis, sive Pictavia . . .

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Detailled plan of the towns of Poitiers, Montpellier and Tours, from Braun & Hogenberg's Civitatus Orbis Terrarum, the most important book of town plans and views published in the 16th Century. Beautiful old colored plan of the three cities,...


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1581 - [Grenoble and Romans-sur-Isère] Gratianopolis [with] Romans Delfina

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Braun and Hogenberg's double-page engraved map of Grenoble and Romans-sur-Isère in south-central France.


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1581 - (Valenciennes) Valencena, Quondam Cygnorum Vallis, Urbs Han Perelegas, et Valde Magnifica

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Nice example of this iconic plan of 16th century f Valenciennes, which appeared in Braun & Hogenberg's 6 volume Civititas Orbis Terrarum. The verso translates as follows: The Loire, an exceedingly well-known river in France, flows directly past...


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1581 - [Douai] Duacum, Catuarcorum urbs tam situ, quam incolis, et litterarum studijs elegantissime ornata

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Nice example of important plan of 16th century Douai, which appeared in Braun & Hogenberg's 6 volume Civititas Orbis Terrarum.


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1581 - (Arras) Atrebatum, fertilissimae Artesiae Urbs primaria, elegantissimo situ . . .

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Nice example of this iconic plan of 16th century Arras, which appeared in Braun & Hogenberg's 6 volume Civititas Orbis Terrarum.


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1644 - Duynkercken a Septent . . . / Dunkerka a Meridie

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Fine pair of views of Dunkirk from the North and South, from Blaeu's Novum Ac Magnum Theatrum Urbium Belgicae Regiae.


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1572 - Magdeburgum . . . Metropolitica Saxoniae Urbs

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A fine early view of Magdeberg in Saxony, published by Braun & Hogenberg in their monumental 6 volume Civitatus Orbis Terrarum. TRANSLATION OF CARTOUCHE TEXT: Magdeburg was called Parthenopolis (virgin city) after Venus, who was once worshipped...


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1572 - Nurnberg (and) Ulm (and) Saltzburg (and) Lindaw

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Old color example of this sheet of four important early views of Nuremberg, Saltzburg, Lindaw and Ulm, and Germany, on a single sheet. From Braun & Hogenberg's Civitatus Orbis Terrarum, the most important book of town plans and views published in...


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1572 - Civitas Francofordiana Ad Mo:

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Important early view of Frankfurt am Rhein, from Braun & Hogenberg's Civitatus Orbis Terrarum, the most important book of town plans and views published in the 16th Century. Fine early bird's-eye view from the southwest. St Bartholomew's...


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1572 - [Augsburg] Augusta iuxta figuram quam his ce temporibus habet delineata

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Fine early view of Augsburg, with two coats of arms and an extensive key locating important places, from Braun & Hogenberg's Civitas Orbis Terrarum, first published in 1572. The translation of the title cartouche is as follows: Following the...


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1572 - Monasterium Urbs in media Westphalia . . . / Osnabrugum Elegans Saxoniae Opp. / Wesalia Inferior

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Three important early views of Osnabruck, Münster and Wesel in Northern Germany on a single sheet. From Braun & Hogenberg's Civitatus Orbis Terrarum, the most important book of town plans and views published in the 16th Century.


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1572 - Colonia Agrippina

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Nice old color example of Braun & Hogenberg's view of Koln (Cologne). TRANSLATION OF CARTOUCHE TOP: Divitense Munimentum is today known in the corrupted form of Tuitum and in popular speech as Deutz. Constantine the Great, son of Emperor...


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1575 - Lubec . . . [and] Hamburch ein Vorneliche Han Stat. (Hamburg & Lubeck)

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Nice old color example of this pair of birdseye views of Hamburg and Lubeck from an early edition of Braun & Hogenberg's Civitates Orbis Terrarum, the most prolific compilation of city views published in the 16th Century.


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1575 - (Mainz, Würzburg and Sion) Moguntia, Germaniae Metropolis, ad Rheni ripas Urbs Celeberrima, mercatorum frequentia . . . [and] Herbipolis Comuiter Wirtzburg Orientalis Franciae Metropolis [and] Sedunum, primaria & Metropolitica Valesiae urbs . . .

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Nice old color views of Mainz, Würzburg and Sion (Sitten), from an early edition of Braun & Hogenberg's Civitates Orbis Terrarum, the most prolific compilation of city views published in the 16th Century.