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BRAUN,G. / HOGENBERG, F. - Traiectum clara et vetus est Episcopalis Civitas, . . . (Utrecht)

BRAUN,G. / HOGENBERG, F. -  Traiectum clara et vetus est Episcopalis Civitas, . . .  (Utrecht)
Traiectum clara et vetus est Episcopalis Civitas, . . . (Utrecht) - BRAUN,G. / HOGENBERG, F.
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Title : Traiectum clara et vetus est Episcopalis Civitas, . . . (Utrecht).
Map maker : BRAUN,G. / HOGENBERG, F..
Date : Cologne, (1572) 1577.
Size : 13.1 x 18.8 inches. / 33.2 x 47.7 cm.
Colouring : In original colours.

Description :Very desirable and early town-plan of Utrecht. "he episcopal city of Utrecht, located on the confluence of several small rivers in the middle of the Netherlands, is here presented in a bird's-eye view. Particularly striking are the virtually rectangular town plan and the large number of churches, of which the most important is the Gothic cathedral of Sint-Maarten in the city center.
Numerous Romanesque churches also survive (Sint-Pieter, Sint-Jan, Sint-Nicolaas). Utrecht is one of the oldest cities in the Netherlands and goes back to a Roman settlement that was probably called Traiectum ("river crossing").
In the 7th century Willibrord, the bishop of Frisia, began his mission here. By the 12th century the fortified town was already an important religious and economic center. In 1559 Utrecht became the seat of an archishopric. In 1576 revolt broke out against the Spanish forces. Three years later the seven northern provinces of the Netherlands united against the Spanish in the Union of Utrecht. Lastly, the signing of the Treaty of Utrecht at the start of the 18th century brought an end to the War of the Spanish Succession. . ." (Taschen, Braun and Hogenberg, p.78.)

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.
Condition : Latin text on verso. Some marginal tumbling and some very light toning in center fold and some offsetting due to oxidation. Old repair of split in lower part centerfold. In very attractive original colouring.

ID: 33660

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