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BRAUN,G. / HOGENBERG, F. - Bruxella, Urbs Aulicorum Frequentia, Fontium Copia, Magnificentia Principalis Aulae (Brussels)
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Bruxella, Urbs Aulicorum Frequentia, Fontium Copia, Magnificentia Principalis Aulae (Brussels) - BRAUN,G. / HOGENBERG, F.
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Title : Bruxella, Urbs Aulicorum Frequentia, Fontium Copia, Magnificentia Principalis Aulae (Brussels).
Map maker : BRAUN,G. / HOGENBERG, F..
Date : Cologne, (1572) 1577.
Size : 13.0 x 18.7 inches. / 33.0 x 47.5 cm.
Colouring : In original colours.
Description :Very desirable and early town-plan of Brussels. To the left a numbered key (1-56). "This plan view from a bird's-eye perspective shows an idealized, almost circular view of the city.
The picture is dominated on the one hand by the wide streets and the city wall ringed by a moat, and on the other by the navigable River Senne, which enabled ships to dock inside the city using the canal network. Brussels received its charter in 1312 and as early as 1357 built an extensive city wall, enclosing fields and tracts of land within it. When the Dukes of Brabant chose Brussels as their seat of government in 1383, the population had apparently already reached 50,000.
At the start of the 15th century the dukes constructed their palace (17). Brussels experienced its greatest flowering from 1430 under Philip the Good: the Hôtel de Ville (51) was built on the Grande Place and artists and craftsmen, manuscript illuminators, sculptors and goldsmiths settled in the city. Pieter Breughel the Elder lived and worked here and in 1569 was buried in Notre-Dame-de-la-Chapelle. ." (Taschen, Braun and Hogenberg, p.72.)
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. Some marginal tumbling and some very light toning in center fold and some offsetting due to oxidation. Old repair of small tear in lower right part and split lower part center fold, 10cm. into engraved area. Altogether very good and in very attractive original colouring.
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