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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 book of town views from the 16th Century.
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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