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Landshut, by Braun & Hogenberg. 1581-88

TRANSLATION OF CARTOUCHE TEXT: To Albert, Count Palatine of the Rhine by the grace of God and Duke of both Bavarias, the unrivalled patron of the Muses in our time, for his delight. Painted by Georg Hoefnagel, Antwerp. Let artistry be the guide and the mistress of Nature. Munich, 1578.

COMMENTARY BY BRAUN: "The surrounding farmland yields many fruits and thoroughly delicious wine, intended to refresh God and man and good grain, but also has many pastures for grazing cattle. There is virtually no other land that is richer in dairy; therefore, this region should be counted among the most beautiful and fertile in all Europe."

The town of Landshut and Trausnitz castle lying above it on the right is seen here from the southwest, looking across the banks of the Isar. Trausnitz castle was visited in 1235 by Emperor Frederick II and the Minnesingers Walther von der Vogelweide and Tannhäuser. In the 15th century, it was expanded under George the Rich and fortified with ring walls and defensive towers. Soaring above the town itself is the brick Gothic collegiate church of SS Martin and Castulus, with the world's tallest brick tower (130 m high). (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 most excellent 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. Many plates were engraved after the original drawings of a professional artist, a professional artist, Joris Hoefnagel (1542-1600). The first volume was published in Latin in 1572, and the sixth in 1617. Frans Hogenberg created the tables for volumes I through IV, and Simon van den Neuwel made those for volumes V and VI. Other contributors were cartographers 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 1612. The subsequent 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. 1561, he obtained his bachelor's degree, and in 1562, he received 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 an engraver of numerous maps. In 1568, he was banned from Antwerp by the Duke of Alva and travelled to London, where he stayed a few years before emigrating to Cologne. He immediately embarked on his two most important works, the Civitates, published in 1572 and the Geschichtsblätter, which appeared in several series from 1569 until about 1587.

Thanks to large-scale projects like 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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Old, antiqueview of Landshut by Braun & Hogenberg.

Title: Landshut.

Date of the first edition: 1581.
Date of this map: 1581-88.

Copper engraving, printed on paper.
Size (not including margins): 330 x 420mm (12.99 x 16.54 inches).
Verso: Latin text.
Condition: Excellent, superb old colour.
Condition Rating: A+.

From: Civitates Orbis Terrarum. . Liber tertius. Köln, G. Kempen, 1581-88. (Koeman, B&H3)

TRANSLATION OF CARTOUCHE TEXT: To Albert, Count Palatine of the Rhine by the grace of God and Duke of both Bavarias, the unrivalled patron of the Muses in our time, for his delight. Painted by Georg Hoefnagel, Antwerp. Let artistry be the guide and the mistress of Nature. Munich, 1578.

COMMENTARY BY BRAUN: "The surrounding farmland yields many fruits and thoroughly delicious wine, intended to refresh God and man and good grain, but also has many pastures for grazing cattle. There is virtually no other land that is richer in dairy; therefore, this region should be counted among the most beautiful and fertile in all Europe."

The town of Landshut and Trausnitz castle lying above it on the right is seen here from the southwest, looking across the banks of the Isar. Trausnitz castle was visited in 1235 by Emperor Frederick II and the Minnesingers Walther von der Vogelweide and Tannhäuser. In the 15th century, it was expanded under George the Rich and fortified with ring walls and defensive towers. Soaring above the town itself is the brick Gothic collegiate church of SS Martin and Castulus, with the world's tallest brick tower (130 m high). (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 most excellent 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. Many plates were engraved after the original drawings of a professional artist, a professional artist, Joris Hoefnagel (1542-1600). The first volume was published in Latin in 1572, and the sixth in 1617. Frans Hogenberg created the tables for volumes I through IV, and Simon van den Neuwel made those for volumes V and VI. Other contributors were cartographers 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 1612. The subsequent 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. 1561, he obtained his bachelor's degree, and in 1562, he received 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 an engraver of numerous maps. In 1568, he was banned from Antwerp by the Duke of Alva and travelled to London, where he stayed a few years before emigrating to Cologne. He immediately embarked on his two most important works, the Civitates, published in 1572 and the Geschichtsblätter, which appeared in several series from 1569 until about 1587.

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

References: Van der Krogt 4 - #2206; Taschen (Br. Hog.) - p.352