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Civitates Orbis Terrarum

Cities of the World : 363 Engravings Revolutionize the View of the World : Complete Edition of the Colour Plates of 1572-1617
Braun, Georg (Book - 2011 )
Civitates Orbis Terrarum

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History's most opulent collection of town maps and illustrations "The complete reprint of all 363 color plates from Braun and Hogenberg's survey of town maps, city views, and plans of Europe, Africa, Asia and Central America, with dozens of unusual details, as well as selected extracts from the original text and an in-depth commentary. First published in Cologne 1572-1617. " More than four centuries after the first volume was originally published in Cologne, Braun and Hogenberg's magnificent collection of town map engravings, "Civitates""orbis terrarum," has been brought back to life with this reprint taken from a rare and superbly preserved original set of six volumes, belonging to the Historische Museum in Frankfurt. Produced between 1572 and 1617 - just before the extensive devastation wreaked by the Thirty Years' War - the work contains 564 plans, bird's-eye views, and map views of all major cities in Europe, plus important cities in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Edited and annotated by theologian and publisher Georg Braun, and largely engraved by cartographer Franz Hogenberg, the "Civitates" was intended as a companion volume for Abraham Ortelius's 1570 world atlas, "Theatrum orbis terrarum." Over a hundred different artists and cartographers contributed to the sumptuous artwork, which not only shows the towns but also features additional elements, such as figures in local dress, ships, ox-drawn carts, courtroom scenes, and topographical details, that help convey the situation, commercial power, and political importance of the towns they accompany. The"Civitates" gives us a comprehensive view of urban life at the turn of the 17th century. TASCHEN's reprint includes all of the city plates, accompanied by selected extracts from Braun's texts on the history and contemporary significance of each urban center as well as translations of the Latin cartouches. A detailed commentary places each city map in its cartographical and cultural context, and examines earlier sources and later editions. Rounding off this comprehensive publication is a separate introductory essay examining the "Civitates" in its cultural and historical context. From Paris and London to Cairo and Jerusalem, readers will find many a familiar city to zoom back in time to and explore - in fact, many of the maps can still be used for orientation in historical town centers today.
Authors: Braun, Georg, 1540 or 1541-1622
Title: Civitates orbis terrarum
Cities of the world : 363 engravings revolutionize the view of the world : complete edition of the colour plates of 1572-1617
Publisher: Köln :, Taschen,, c2011
Characteristics: 501 p.,col. ill., maps ;,38 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Georg Braun and Franz Hogenberg ; edited by Stephan Füssel ; based on the copy in the Historisches Museum Frankfurt ; directed and produced by Benedikt Taschen
Notes: "Original edition : c2008, Taschen GmbH." - Imprint page
Contents: Foreword / by Rem Koolhaas
Natura sola magistra ; the evolution of city iconography in the early modern era / introduction by Stephan Füssel
Catalogue of the city views / Stephan Füssel and Johannes Althoff
Additional Contributors: Hogenberg, Frans - approximately 1539-1590
Füssel, Stephan
Taschen, Benedikt
Alternate Title: Cities of the world
ISBN: 9783836526852
Branch Call Number: 911.1732 B8254c 2011
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