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BRAUN,G. / HOGENBERG, F. - Nitidissimae Civitatis Mechlineensis in meditullio Brabantiae sitae, exactis: delineatio. (Mechelen)

BRAUN,G. / HOGENBERG, F. -  Nitidissimae Civitatis Mechlineensis in meditullio Brabantiae sitae, exactis: delineatio. (Mechelen)
Nitidissimae Civitatis Mechlineensis in meditullio Brabantiae sitae, exactis: delineatio. (Mechelen) - BRAUN,G. / HOGENBERG, F.
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Title : Nitidissimae Civitatis Mechlineensis in meditullio Brabantiae sitae, exactis: delineatio. (Mechelen).
Map maker : BRAUN,G. / HOGENBERG, F..
Date : Cologne, (1572) 1577.
Size : 13.1 x 17.9 inches. / 33.2 x 45.5 cm.
Colouring : In original colours.

Description :Very desirable and early town-plan of Mechelen with the city scape is dominated by the massive tower belonging to the cathedral of Sint-Rombout, which measures almost 100 m in height.
"Behind the cathedral to the right lies the Onze-Lieve-Vrouwe church built in the Brabantine late Gothic style. In the present plate Mechelen is seen in a bird's-eye view from the northwest.
Clearly apparent is the almost circular shape of the inner city, which has already spread beyond the bounds of the canal ringing the old city wall. In the Middle Ages staple rights and the cloth trade brought Mechelen great prosperity. In 1336 the city passed to the Duchy of Brabant, later to Burgundy, and developed into a highly regarded center of commerce.
The collapse of the cloth industry prompted the development of new areas of manufacturing, such as cannon and bell founding. In 1477 Mechelen passed to the Habsburgs and from 1507 to 1530, under the regency of Margaret of Austria, was capital of the Habsburg Netherlands. In 1559 Mechelen became an archbishopric and over the course of the Wars of Religion grew into a center of the Counter-Reformation. For some time it was also the seat of the highest tribunal of the Habsburg Netherlands.." (Taschen, Braun and Hogenberg, p.220.)

From volume one of the greatest publication in this genre!. The Civitates was compiled and written by George Braun, Canon of Cologne Cathedral. Braun gathered together vast amounts of information and draft plans to produce over 500 city views/maps published in six parts between 1572 and 1617. Most of these engravings were made by Simon Novellanus and Frans Hogenberg, many after drawings by Joris Hoefnagel.
Read more about the Civitates Orbis.
Koeman (1967-70) B & H 1-5, NMM III, i, 459 (1573-1618 ed.), Introduction', in: G. Braun and F. Hogenberg, Civitates orbis terrarum (Amsterdam: 1965). (2)
Condition : Latin text on verso. Old repair of split lower part center fold, 10cm. into engraved area. Some marginal tumbling and some very light toning in center fold and some offsetting due to oxidation, altogether very good and in very attractive original colouring.


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