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Drégelypalánk in Hungary, by Georg Braun and Frans Hogenberg. c. 1625

CAPTION: Drégelypalánk, town in Upper Hungary.

CARTOUCHE: Procured by Georg Hoefnagel, who received it from another. In the year 1617.

COMMENTARY BY BRAUN: "It seems that the name of this fortress comes from the fact that it has no special fortification other than a wooden palisade or fence; called planks by the Hungarians and the Germans. (...)The fortress itself has been occupied at times by the Turks and at other times by the Christians. The Turks had their robbers' den here up to the year 1593. When the Christians then conquered Fil'akovo, the Turks became afraid and abadoned not only Palanka, but also Dregel, Modrý Kamen, Zetschin and other small castles. (...) Not far from Palanka are two strong castles, which can also be seen in the plate below, namely Dregel and Novigrad."

The elevated view from the northeast over the River Ipoly shows the fortified village of Drégelypalánk with the 13th-cenury castle of Drégely. The village grew up under its protection, and passed into the possession of the archbisschop of Esztergom in 1438 together with the castle. After the occupation of Hungary by the Turks in 1526, the castle was one of the centres of the Hungarian opposition and was besieged in 1552. Around 150 Hungarians under the command of György Szondi defended the castle against 10,000 Turks. After four days the castle fell and all the defenders lost their lives. The castle was destroyed and was not rebuilt, which means that the plate printed by Braun must have been drawn before 1552. György Szondi is a Hungarian national hero, celebrated in many folk ballads, tales and legends. (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 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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Palanka Superioris Hungariae civitas.

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Item Number:  14605
Category:  Antique maps > Europe > Central Europe
References: Van der Krogt 4 - #3268; Taschen, Br. Hog. - p. 480; Fauser - #3234

Old map - bird's-eye view of Drégelypalánk in Hungary by Braun and Hogenberg, after G. Hoefnagel. 1617.

Title: Palanka Superioris Hungariae civitas.
Communicavit Georgius Houfnaglius acceptumaliunde A° 1617.

Date of the first edition: 1617
Date of this map: c. 1625
Date on map: 1617

Copper engraving
Size: 33 x 44.5cm (12.9 x 17.4 inches)
Verso text: French
Condition: Old coloured, excellent.
Condition Rating: A
References: Van der Krogt 4, 3268; Taschen, Braun and Hogenberg, p.480.

From: Théatre des Principales Villes de tout l'Univers Vol. VI. c. 1625. (Van der Krogt 4, 41:3.6)

CAPTION: Drégelypalánk, town in Upper Hungary.

CARTOUCHE: Procured by Georg Hoefnagel, who received it from another. In the year 1617.

COMMENTARY BY BRAUN: "It seems that the name of this fortress comes from the fact that it has no special fortification other than a wooden palisade or fence; called planks by the Hungarians and the Germans. (...)The fortress itself has been occupied at times by the Turks and at other times by the Christians. The Turks had their robbers' den here up to the year 1593. When the Christians then conquered Fil'akovo, the Turks became afraid and abadoned not only Palanka, but also Dregel, Modrý Kamen, Zetschin and other small castles. (...) Not far from Palanka are two strong castles, which can also be seen in the plate below, namely Dregel and Novigrad."

The elevated view from the northeast over the River Ipoly shows the fortified village of Drégelypalánk with the 13th-cenury castle of Drégely. The village grew up under its protection, and passed into the possession of the archbisschop of Esztergom in 1438 together with the castle. After the occupation of Hungary by the Turks in 1526, the castle was one of the centres of the Hungarian opposition and was besieged in 1552. Around 150 Hungarians under the command of György Szondi defended the castle against 10,000 Turks. After four days the castle fell and all the defenders lost their lives. The castle was destroyed and was not rebuilt, which means that the plate printed by Braun must have been drawn before 1552. György Szondi is a Hungarian national hero, celebrated in many folk ballads, tales and legends. (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 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.