London, Cambridge, Oxford/Windsor, Norwich, Bristol, Chester, Edinburgh, Canterbury, Nonsuch Palace, Exeter, York/Shrewsbury/Lancaster/Richmont, Dublin/Glaway/Limerick/Cork
Georg Braun and Frans Hogenberg are best known for their early monumental work Civitates Orbis Terrarum published in 6 volumes from 1572 to 1622. Published at Cologne in many editions in Latin, French and German. It is the first atlas of town plans and views of the known world. There are some 530 of these amazing illustrations published over a period of 45 years mainly featuring European towns. The truly amazing bird's eye views give us a truly unique view of the late 16th century. Georg Braun was the editor of the work. He corresponded with town officials and artists as well as mapmakers to provide material he could use.
The main engraver of the plates was Franz Hogenberg (1535 - 1590) from Mechelen in Belgium. After his death in 1590 many of the plates were engraved by Abraham Hogenberg who it is assumed wsa his son. Another engravers who worked on the Civitates were Simon an den Neuvel and Joris Hoefnagel/.
After Georg Braun's death in 1622 the plates were unused until about 1653 when they were purchased by the Dutch cartographer working in Amsterdam, Jan Jansson. He reprinted about 230 of the plates, some with slight alterations. The original plates later became the property of another Dutch cartographer Frederick de Wit about 1680. In the first part of the 18th century the plates were owned by the Leiden publisher Pieter van der Aa and in the mid 18th century they were owned by the Amsterdam published Jean Covens and Pieter Mortier.
Although you will come across uncoloured specimens of the early editions you will also find ones with rich early hand colouring.
Plan of Chester by George Braun and Franz Hogenberg
In 1657 Jan Jansson reissued the following Braun and Hogenberg plates with the Elizabethan costume figures erased
London; York etc.; Chester; Oxford and Windsor; Canterbury; Norwich; Bristol; Exeter; Edinburgh; Dublin
Reference: Map Collectors' Circle No. 22 Town Plans of the British Isles by Angela Fordham
Plan of Chester by George Braun and Franz Hogenberg. Jan Jansson edition 1657
Plan of Mechelen by Georg Braun and Franz Hogenberg c.1588
Plans of Orleans and Bourges by Geor Braun and Franz Hogenberg c.1588
Plan of Zutphen by Georg Braun and Franz Hogenberg c.1588
Plan of Tiene by Georg Braun and Franz Hogenberg c.1588
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