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Antique map of Budingen by Braun & Hogenberg 1617

TRANSLATION OF CARTOUCHE TEXT: God gave every land its gifts. In the year 1617.

COMMENTARY BY BRAUN: "This is a fine handsome city; it lies on the Kinzig, which flows into the Main. It is part of the area belonging to the Counts of Ysenburg, who call themselves the lords of Büdingen and who have a great castle and court there. The surrounding mountains are full of fruitful vines; there are also impressive vegetable gardens and orchards and fine pastures, so that nothing is lacking here that is needed for human nourishment, except that much sweat and labour are required to produce it from the soil."

The view shows a city surrounded by vineyards and well fortified with walls and moats. On the right is the castle with its keep. Seen from a high viewpoint in the south, the houses in the city are shown crowded together, with the late Gothic church of St Mary standing out in the middle. The figures in the foreground are a reference to the status of the city: the burgher woman with a hood is shown in accordance with her standing with ruff and full-length skirt, but her apron indicates that she is hard working. The maids, with their skirts tucked up for work and carrying the harvest on their heads, symbolize the fertility of the soil, while the men carrying a prong-hoe and an axe represent the toil in the fields.


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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Item Number:  22133
Category:  Antique maps > Europe > Germany - Cities
References: Taschen (Br. Hog.) - p.453

Bird's-eye view of Büdingen by Georg Braun and Frans Hogenberg.

Copper engraving
Size: 30 x 49cm (11.7 x 19.1 inches)
Verso text: Latin
Condition: Old coloured
Condition Rating: A
References: Taschen, Braun and Hogenberg, p.453.

From: Theatri praecipuarum Totius Mundi Urbium Liber Sextus Anno MDCXVII. (Koeman, B&H6)

TRANSLATION OF CARTOUCHE TEXT: God gave every land its gifts. In the year 1617.

COMMENTARY BY BRAUN: "This is a fine handsome city; it lies on the Kinzig, which flows into the Main. It is part of the area belonging to the Counts of Ysenburg, who call themselves the lords of Büdingen and who have a great castle and court there. The surrounding mountains are full of fruitful vines; there are also impressive vegetable gardens and orchards and fine pastures, so that nothing is lacking here that is needed for human nourishment, except that much sweat and labour are required to produce it from the soil."

The view shows a city surrounded by vineyards and well fortified with walls and moats. On the right is the castle with its keep. Seen from a high viewpoint in the south, the houses in the city are shown crowded together, with the late Gothic church of St Mary standing out in the middle. The figures in the foreground are a reference to the status of the city: the burgher woman with a hood is shown in accordance with her standing with ruff and full-length skirt, but her apron indicates that she is hard working. The maids, with their skirts tucked up for work and carrying the harvest on their heads, symbolize the fertility of the soil, while the men carrying a prong-hoe and an axe represent the toil in the fields.


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.