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Publisher: BRAUN,G. / HOGENBERG, F.
Title: Dresden - Dresa Florentissimum Misniae Opp. Illust: Saxoniae Ducum Sedes [on sheet with] Leibzigk - Lipsia Litterarum Studiis et Mercatura Celebre Misniae Oppidum.
Published: Cologne, (1572) 1577

Size: 13.0 x 18.8 inches.
33.0 x 47.8 cm.
Colouring: In original colours.
Condition:  Latin text on verso. Some marginal tumbling and some very light toning in center fold and some offsetting due to oxidation. Repair of split center fold and split in lower left part. In very attractive original colouring.
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Two very desirable and early town-views of Dresden and Leipzig.
"DRESDEN : In the first half of the 16th century Dresden - here seen at a distance from the direction of Pirna - still appears relatively modest in size. Clearly indicated by the caption on the left is the Protestant parish church (Pfar Kirchen) in which the Reformation was officially introduced in Dresden in 1539 by Henry the Pious.
Further right is the arsenal (Zeughauss), an important Renaissance building, which was converted into the Albertinum in the 19th century. Further right again is the town's oldest church of Unser Lieben Frauen (today the Frauenkirche), with a miracle-working icon that drew pilgrims from early on.
The palace was being transformed into a Renaissance palace under Moritz of Saxony. Not until the 18th century would the "Florence on the Elbe", as Dresden is known, assume the architectural face for which it is so famous today, with the Zwinger, Frauenkirche, Hofkirche and Semper Opera House. .. ." (Taschen, Braun and Hogenberg, p.86.)

LEIPZIG : This plate shows the city around 1570 from a very low position, with three horsemen in the left foreground as a reference to the horse market. After receiving market privileges in the year 1165, Leipzig developed into a leading trade-fair center, achieving fame across Europe after having been awarded imperial trade-fair rights in 1497. . . (Taschen, Braun and Hogenberg, p.86.)

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.

Reference: 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).

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