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Orleans, by Georg Braun and Frans Hogenberg. 1588

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Category:  Antique maps > Europe > France

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

CARTOUCHE: The French city of Orléans on the Loire.

COMMENTARY BY BRAUN (on verso): "The Loire, an exceedingly well-known river in France, flows directly past the city and is very beneficial for trade. The fields surrounding the city are very fertile, and for this reason the city is also called the granary throughout France, just as in earlier times Sicily was the granary of Rome. A famous wine also grows in this soil, which is exported from here not only throughout France but to all the countries in Europe. [...] The French spoken here is pure and uncorrupted, which is also the reason why so many foreigners settle here. For some are here for trade, others for study and others again to acquire the language, but also many without doubt for both these last two reasons, [...] and Germans in particular send their children here."

As a complement to the first plate, Orléans is shown here in an extraordinarily precise bird's-eye perspective that incorporates elevations of the city's many churches and monasteries, including the cathedral of Sainte-Croix, destroyed by the Huguenots a few years earlier.

Date of the first edition: 1581
Date of this map: 1588

Copper engraving
Size: 34.5 x 43cm (13.5 x 16.8 inches)
Verso text: Latin
Condition: Uncoloured, excellent.
Condition Rating: A+
References: Van der Krogt 4, 3197; Taschen, Braun and Hogenberg, p.212.

From: Civitates Orbis Terrarum. . Liber tertius. Cologne, Gottfried von Kempen, 1588. (Van der Krogt 4, 41:1.3)