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Frans Hogenberg

Frans Hogenberg


Frans Hogenberg (ca. 1540-ca. 1590) was a Flemish and German engraver and mapmaker who also painted. He was born in Mechelen, south of Antwerp, the son of wood engraver and etcher Nicolas Hogenberg. Together with his father, brother (Remigius), uncle, and cousins, Frans was one member of a prominent artistic family in the Netherlands.

During the 1550s, Frans worked in Antwerp with the famous mapmaker Abraham Ortelius. There, he engraved the maps for Ortelius’ groundbreaking first atlas, published in Antwerp in 1570, along with Johannes van Deotecum and Ambrosius and Ferdinand Arsenius. It is suspected he engraved the title page as well. Later, Ortelius supported Hogenberg with information for a different project, the Civitates orbis terrarium (edited by Georg Braun, engraved by Hogenberg, published in six volumes, Cologne, 1572-1617). Hogenberg engraved the majority of the work’s 546 prospects and views.

It is possible that Frans spent some time in England while fleeing from religious persecution, but he was living and working in Cologne by 1580. That is the city where he died around 1590. In addition to his maps, he is known for his historical allegories and portraits. His brother, Remigius, also went on to some fame as an engraver, and he died around the same time as his brother.



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1576 - Europae (with Ottoman and Persian Empires -- Section From Unknown Wall Map?)

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A True Cartographic Rarity -- Europe, Persia and Middle East Map Section, Likely From A Lost 16th Century Wall Map of the World Exceptionally rare separately published map of Europe, the Middle East, Persian Empire and the Tartar Regions of Russia,...


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1572 - Mexico Regia et Celebris Hispaniae Novae Civitas (and) Cusco, Rengi Peru in Novo Orbe . . .

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Fine old color example of Braun & Hogenberg's views of Mexico City and Cusco, among the earliest printed views of any American City. This view was the only 2 American views in Braun & Hogenberg's Civitatus Orbis Terrarum, the most influential...


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1572 - Cestria Vulgo Chester, Angliae Civitas

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Finely engraved view of the City of Chester in England, from Braun & Hogenberg's Civitatus Orbis Terrarum. Based on the survey of William Smith, the bird's-eye plan shows the town's prominent Norman castle, walled defenses and central cathedral.


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1572 - Londinum Feracissimi Angliae Regni Metropolis

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The First Map of London Fine example of this important early bird's-eye view of London, which appeared in Volume 1 of Braun & Hogenberg's Civitates Orbis Terrarum. The view was based on a now-lost twenty-sheet plan of London believed to have...


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1572 - Oxonium nobile Anglie oppidum Septenrionalem . . . [with] Vindesorium celeberrimum Anglia castrum locus amoenißimus aedificia magnifica . . .

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Decorative pair view of Oxford and Windsor Castle, from Braun & Hogenberg's Civitatus Orbis Theatrum, the most famous atlas of city views published in the 16th Century. Fine full color example with wide clean margins.


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1581 - Nordovicum Angliae Civitas

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Important early view of Norwich, from Braun & Hogenberg's Civitatus Orbis Terrarum, the most important book of town plans and views published in the 16th Century. This fine view of Norwich is based on William Cuningham's plan of 1558. Viewed from...


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1580 - Edenburg -- Edenburgum Scotiae Metropolis

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Finely colored example of the earliest obtainable views of Edinburgh, published by Braun & Hogenberg. Includes Edinburgh's major 16th Century buildings shown in profile, with no consideration for perspective. Published for the Civitates Orbis...


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1572 - Groeninga, sive ut alij Gruninga, Frisae urbs . . . / Broversavia, cius Insulae in Zelandia oppidum . . . / Groricum Nobile Hollaniae Oppidum

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Decorative early views of Groeningen, Gork and Brovershaven. Bird's-eye view of the 3 towns with details of surrounding fields, farms and structures. From Braun & Hogenberg's Civitatus Orbis Terrarum, the most important book of town plans and...


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1572 - (Mechelen) Nitidissimae Civitatis Mechlineensis In Meditullio Brabantiae Sitae Exactis: Delineatio

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Decorative early views of Mechelen in Brabant. 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 - Amstelredamum, Nobile Inferioris Germaniae Oppidum

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This is a finely colored example of Braun & Hogenberg's first view of Amsterdam, from Part I of their Civitates Orbis Terrarum, first published in Cologne in 1572. Braun & Hogenberg's view is based upon a plan of Amsterdam by Cornelis...


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1575 - Harlemum, sive ut Ha: Barlan Her:lemum Urbs Hollandia famosa . . .

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Detailed early plan of Haarlem. The translation of the title cartouche is as follows: Harlemum, or, as Hadrianus Barlandus writes, Herlemum, a renowned Dutch city, founded by an illustrious man who had the German name Lem; the city was therefore...


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1575 - Middelburgum, Selandiae Opp: Situ, Opere, et Mercimoniis, Florentiss:

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Fine early birdseye view of the Island of Middelburg. From Braun & Hogenberg's Civitatus Orbis Terrarum, the most important book of town plans and views published in the 16th century. This bird's-eye view from the southeast shows the capital of...


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1575 - (Maastricht) Traiectum ad Mosam

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Detailed plan of Maastricht on the Maas (Meuse River). The title translates as Crossing over the Maas River. 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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1575 - Middelburgum, Selandiae Opp: Situ, Opere, et Mercimoniis, Florentiss:

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Fine early birdseye view of the Island of Middelburg. From Braun & Hogenberg's Civitatus Orbis Terrarum, the most important book of town plans and views published in the 16th century. This bird's-eye view from the southeast shows the capital of...


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1581 - [Nymmegen] Novimagium sive Noviromagum vulgo Nijmmegen . . . .

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Nice old color example of this early birdseye view of Nijmegen. From Braun & Hogenberg's Civitatus Orbis Terrarum, the most important book of town plans and views published in the 16th Century. A bird's-eye view of the city, where the royal...


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1581 - Bergen Op Zoom

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Fine early birds-eye view of Bergen Op Zoom. From Braun & Hogenberg's Civitatus Orbis Terrarum, the most important book of town plans and views published in the 16th century. The verso translates as follows: Bergen is a beautiful and very...