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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 the northwest its situation on a bend in the River Wensum is shown surrounded by verdant farms and pastures. The Norman Cathedral of the Holy and Undivided Trinity is at the heart of the city and to the right, on top of a small hill, is the castle.
A key at lower left describes 21 sites including 11 gates into the city. The arms of England and the city arms flank the title cartouche.
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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