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Norwich, by Georg Braun and Frans Hogenberg.

COMMENTARY BY BRAUN: "Norwich, in Latin Nordovicum or, as others like, Norvicus, is a densely populated city in England. It is roughly the shape of a taught bow: it lies on a hill, which is however not very steep, and reaches out far and wide in all directions. According to common legend two townsmen encircled the city with ring walls in the year 1374. The townsmen of Norwich are subject to the same jurisprudence, the same ceremonies and provisions in the city regiment as currently the townspeople of London."

Situated on the River Wensum, the east English city of Norwich is presented in an oblique view from the northwest. Standing out clearly in the city centre are the Norman Cathedral of the Holy and Undivided Trinity and, to the right on top of a grassy hillock, the castle (The Castell), which was initially built as a wooden structure after the Norman Conquest in 1066, but around 1100 was replaced by a stone fortress. Over time both structures were expanded multiple times. In 1194 Norwich was granted its city charter. In the first half of the 14th century the extensive town wall was erected, which, over 4 km in length, enclosed a municipal area larger than that of London.


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 of 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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Nordovicum, Angliae Civitas. - Georg Braun & Frans Hogenberg, 1582.

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Item Number:  27515  new
Category:  Antique maps > Europe > British Isles
References: Van der Krogt 4 - #3109; Fauser - #9991; Taschen, Br. Hog. - p.204

Old, antique map - bird's-eye view of Norwich, by Georg Braun and Frans Hogenberg.

With an English key to locations. Bottom centre two costume figures.

Date of the first edition: 1581
Date of this map: 1581

Copper engraving
Size (not including margins): 29.5 x 42cm (11.5 x 16.4 inches)
Verso text: Latin
Condition: Some light browning along centrefold.
Condition Rating: A
References: Van der Krogt 4, #3109; Fauser, #9991; Taschen, Braun and Hognberg, p.204;

From: Contrafactur und Beschreibung von den vornembsten Stetten der Welt. Liber Tertius. Köln, 1582. (Van der Krogt 4, 41:2.3)

COMMENTARY BY BRAUN: "Norwich, in Latin Nordovicum or, as others like, Norvicus, is a densely populated city in England. It is roughly the shape of a taught bow: it lies on a hill, which is however not very steep, and reaches out far and wide in all directions. According to common legend two townsmen encircled the city with ring walls in the year 1374. The townsmen of Norwich are subject to the same jurisprudence, the same ceremonies and provisions in the city regiment as currently the townspeople of London."

Situated on the River Wensum, the east English city of Norwich is presented in an oblique view from the northwest. Standing out clearly in the city centre are the Norman Cathedral of the Holy and Undivided Trinity and, to the right on top of a grassy hillock, the castle (The Castell), which was initially built as a wooden structure after the Norman Conquest in 1066, but around 1100 was replaced by a stone fortress. Over time both structures were expanded multiple times. In 1194 Norwich was granted its city charter. In the first half of the 14th century the extensive town wall was erected, which, over 4 km in length, enclosed a municipal area larger than that of London.


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 of 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.