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Old antique plan of Roma by Braun & Hogenberg.

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Urbis Romae Situs cum ils quae adhuc Conspiciuntur Veter. Monumet Reliquiis Pyrrho Ligorio Neap. Invent. Romae M.D.LXX. - Braun & Hogenberg, 1575.


Old bird's-eye view plan of ancient Rome, by Braun and Hogenberg.

Date of the first edition: 1575
Date of this map: 1575 (= first edition)

Copper engraving
Size (not including margins): 38 x 50.5cm (14.8 x 19.7 inches)
Verso text: Latin
Condition: Original coloured, lower centrefold split reinforced, some browning along centrefold..
Condition Rating: A
References: Van der Krogt 4, 3632; Fauser, 11908; Taschen, Braun and Hogenberg, p.169.

From: Civitates Orbis Terrarum, ... Part 2: De Praecipuis, Totius Universi Urbibus, Liber Secundus. Köln, Gottfried von Kempen, 1575. (Van der Krogt 4, 41:1.2)

Engraving reprinted from Urbis Romae totius olim orbis domitricis situs ... P. Ligorio Inventor. Pirro Ligorio first published the map in Rome in 1552, then in a smaller format in 1553. His plate, made in 1570, was printed unchanged by Braun & Hogenberg; it was reprinted several times during the 17th and 18th centuries, including in David Köhler's Descriptio orbis antiqui, published in Nuremberg by Christoph Weigel c. 1720.

TRANSLATION OF CAPTION: Layout of the city of Rome with the remains of the old monuments as they can still be seen today, drawn by Pyrrhus Ligorius of Naples. Rome 1570.

COMMENTARY BY BRAUN: "The city of Rome, famed all over the world, is also the queen, the head and the embellishment of the whole world, situated on the River Tiber, built by Romulus in the 11th year of the rule of Ezekiel, the king of Judah, and given the name Rome by him. According to Pliny, this city had 30 open gates and seven closed ones. Rome also has seven hills, the Capitol is the main hill, on which was found the famous temple of the great heathen god Jupiter, which surpassed all the marvellous works of the Egyptians. Between the city and the Tiber is the Field of Mars, adorned with wonderful buildings."

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