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Lier, by Georg Braun and Frans Hogenberg.

TRANSLATION OF CARTOUCHE TEXT: Lier, a Brabantian town so elegant and delightful that for many of the nobles in this region who can live a life of ease it is the most pleasant retreat from worries and commotion.

COMMENTARY BY BRAUN (on verso): "Lier, an exceedingly handsome town located in the gentle countryside of Brabant, and belonging to the diocese of Antwerp, is well fortified by its natural position and by man-made buildings, and especially in these times of domestic unrest it has been reinforced with new bulwarks, bastions and moats, partly by the Spanish and partly by the others who have occupied it, in such a manner that it is deservedly known as one of the strongest cities in Brabant. [...] In our time it earns great wealth with wool and other crafts."

This is a bird's-eye view from the south of the town, which has two moats. The inner moat encloses the medieval town. Standing out among the smaller buildings is the church of St Gummarus, a masterpiece of late Gothic Flemish architecture, and the town hall on the Grote Markt, with its Gothic belfry dating from 1369. This town is said to have begun as a hermit's cell that was established here by a Frankish knight, later known as St Gummarus, who is still the patron saint of the town today. In 1212 the town was granted a municipal charter and a wall was built around it shortly afterwards. Lier was expanded in 1287 and 1389. It owed its prosperity in large part to the livestock trade, especially with sheep, but also to the cloth industry. (Taschen)


Braun G. & Hogenberg F. and the Civitates Orbis Terrarum.

The Civitates Orbis Terrarum, or the "Braun & Hogenberg", is a six-volume town atlas and the greatest book of town views and plans ever published: 363 engravings, sometimes beautifully coloured. It was one of the best-selling works in the last quarter of the 16th century. Georg Braun wrote the text accompanying the plans and views on the verso. A large number of the plates were engraved after the original drawings of Joris Hoefnagel (1542-1600), who was a professional artist. The first volume was published in Latin in 1572, the sixth volume in 1617. Frans Hogenberg created the tables for volumes I through IV, and Simon van den Neuwel created those for volumes V and VI. Other contributors were cartographer Daniel Freese, and Heinrich Rantzau. Works by Jacob van Deventer, Sebastian Münster, and Johannes Stumpf were also used. Translations appeared in German and French.

Following the original publication of Volume 1 of the Civitates in 1572, seven further editions of 1575, 1577, 1582, 1588, 1593, 1599 and 1612 can be identified. Vol.2, first issued in 1575, was followed by further editions in 1597 and in 1612. The next volumes appeared in 1581, 1588, 1593, 1599 and 1606. The German translation of the first volume appeared from 1574 on and the French edition from 1575 on.

Several printers were involved: Theodor Graminaeus, Heinrich von Aich, Gottfried von Kempen, Johannis Sinniger, Bertram Buchholtz and Peter von Brachel, who all worked in Cologne.

Georg Braun (1541-1622)

Georg Braun was born in Cologne in 1541. After his studies in Cologne he entered the Jesuit Order as a novice. In 1561 he obtained his bachelor's degree and in 1562 his Magister Artium. Although he left the Jesuit Order, he studied theology, gaining a licentiate in theology.

Frans Hogenberg (1535-1590)

Frans Hogenberg was a Flemish and German painter, engraver, and mapmaker. He was born in Mechelen as the son of Nicolaas Hogenberg.

By the end of the 1560s Frans Hogenberg was employed upon Abraham Ortelius's Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, published in 1570; he is named as engraver on numerous maps. In 1568 he was bannend from Antwerp by the Duke of Alva and travelled to London, where he stayed a few years before emigrating to Cologne. There he immediately embarked on his two most important works, the Civitates published from 1572 and the Geschichtsblätter, which appeared in several series from 1569 until about 1587.

Thanks to such large scale projects as the Geschichtsblätter and the Civitates, Hogenberg's social circumstances improved with each passing year. He died as a wealthy man in Cologne in 1590.

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Lier - Lira, elegans et amoenum Brabantiae Opp: adeo, Ut multorum huius tractus nobilium in ocio degentium, a curise turba, iundissimus sit recessus. - Georg Braun & Frans Hogenberg, 1588-97.

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Item Number:  13597
Category:  Antique maps > Europe > Belgium - Cities

Antique map - bird's-eye view plan of Lier by Braun and Hogenberg.

Date of the first edition: 1588
Date of this map: 1612

Copper engraving
Size: 32 x 40cm (12.4 x 15.5 inches)
Verso text: Latin
Condition: Old coloured, excellent.
Condition Rating: A+
References: Van der Krogt 4, 2340; Taschen, Braun and Hogenberg, p.283.

From: Liber Quartus Urbium Praecipuarum Totius Mundi. Cologne,Petrus von Brachel, 1612. (Van der Krogt 4, 41:1.4(1612))

TRANSLATION OF CARTOUCHE TEXT: Lier, a Brabantian town so elegant and delightful that for many of the nobles in this region who can live a life of ease it is the most pleasant retreat from worries and commotion.

COMMENTARY BY BRAUN (on verso): "Lier, an exceedingly handsome town located in the gentle countryside of Brabant, and belonging to the diocese of Antwerp, is well fortified by its natural position and by man-made buildings, and especially in these times of domestic unrest it has been reinforced with new bulwarks, bastions and moats, partly by the Spanish and partly by the others who have occupied it, in such a manner that it is deservedly known as one of the strongest cities in Brabant. [...] In our time it earns great wealth with wool and other crafts."

This is a bird's-eye view from the south of the town, which has two moats. The inner moat encloses the medieval town. Standing out among the smaller buildings is the church of St Gummarus, a masterpiece of late Gothic Flemish architecture, and the town hall on the Grote Markt, with its Gothic belfry dating from 1369. This town is said to have begun as a hermit's cell that was established here by a Frankish knight, later known as St Gummarus, who is still the patron saint of the town today. In 1212 the town was granted a municipal charter and a wall was built around it shortly afterwards. Lier was expanded in 1287 and 1389. It owed its prosperity in large part to the livestock trade, especially with sheep, but also to the cloth industry. (Taschen)


Braun G. & Hogenberg F. and the Civitates Orbis Terrarum.

The Civitates Orbis Terrarum, or the "Braun & Hogenberg", is a six-volume town atlas and the greatest book of town views and plans ever published: 363 engravings, sometimes beautifully coloured. It was one of the best-selling works in the last quarter of the 16th century. Georg Braun wrote the text accompanying the plans and views on the verso. A large number of the plates were engraved after the original drawings of Joris Hoefnagel (1542-1600), who was a professional artist. The first volume was published in Latin in 1572, the sixth volume in 1617. Frans Hogenberg created the tables for volumes I through IV, and Simon van den Neuwel created those for volumes V and VI. Other contributors were cartographer Daniel Freese, and Heinrich Rantzau. Works by Jacob van Deventer, Sebastian Münster, and Johannes Stumpf were also used. Translations appeared in German and French.

Following the original publication of Volume 1 of the Civitates in 1572, seven further editions of 1575, 1577, 1582, 1588, 1593, 1599 and 1612 can be identified. Vol.2, first issued in 1575, was followed by further editions in 1597 and in 1612. The next volumes appeared in 1581, 1588, 1593, 1599 and 1606. The German translation of the first volume appeared from 1574 on and the French edition from 1575 on.

Several printers were involved: Theodor Graminaeus, Heinrich von Aich, Gottfried von Kempen, Johannis Sinniger, Bertram Buchholtz and Peter von Brachel, who all worked in Cologne.

Georg Braun (1541-1622)

Georg Braun was born in Cologne in 1541. After his studies in Cologne he entered the Jesuit Order as a novice. In 1561 he obtained his bachelor's degree and in 1562 his Magister Artium. Although he left the Jesuit Order, he studied theology, gaining a licentiate in theology.

Frans Hogenberg (1535-1590)

Frans Hogenberg was a Flemish and German painter, engraver, and mapmaker. He was born in Mechelen as the son of Nicolaas Hogenberg.

By the end of the 1560s Frans Hogenberg was employed upon Abraham Ortelius's Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, published in 1570; he is named as engraver on numerous maps. In 1568 he was bannend from Antwerp by the Duke of Alva and travelled to London, where he stayed a few years before emigrating to Cologne. There he immediately embarked on his two most important works, the Civitates published from 1572 and the Geschichtsblätter, which appeared in several series from 1569 until about 1587.

Thanks to such large scale projects as the Geschichtsblätter and the Civitates, Hogenberg's social circumstances improved with each passing year. He died as a wealthy man in Cologne in 1590.