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Kampen, by Georg Braun and Frans Hogenberg. 1575

TRANSLATION OF CARTOUCHE TEXT: Picture of the city of Kampen, the beautiful and charming appearance of which embellishes the IJssel. 

COMMENTARY BY BRAUN: "Kampen lies on the bank of the IJssel, not far from its mouth, well laid out in an attractive place with splendid buildings. Kampen is also a trade city [...], an honest community and a solid alliance of many cities, towns, villages, for the benefit of trade by water and on land." 

The bird's-eye view shows Kampen, which was an important trade centre from the 13th to the 17th century thanks to its favourable geographical location on the IJssel. The former wealth of this Hanseatic city is attested for instance by the magnificent Gothic Sint-Nicolaaskerk. The church tower in line with the bridge over the IJssel belongs to the Broederkerk, a Dutch Reformed church, which was once part of a monastery dating from the 15th century. The Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk or Buitenkerk rises up on the right. (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, and the sixth 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 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 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 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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Icon civitatis Campensis, cuius situs Isulam fluvium, eleganti venustate, decorat

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Item Number:  9364
Category:  Antique maps > Europe > The Netherlands - Cities
References: Van der Krogt 4 - 2019; Taschen (Br. Hog.) - p.167

Old, antique bird’s-eye view of Kampen, by Georg Braun and Frans Hogenberg.

Title: Icon civitatis Campensis, cuius situs Isulam fluvium, eleganti venustate, decorat

Date of the first edition: 1575.
Date of this map: 1575.

Copper engraving, printed on paper.
Size (not including margins): 330 x 485mm (12.99 x 19.09 inches).
Verso: Latin text.
Condition: Old coloured, centrefold reinforced.
Condition Rating: A.

From: Civitates Orbis Terrarum, ... Part 2: De Praecipuis, Totius Universi Urbibus, Liber Secundus. Köln, Gottfried von Kempen, 1575. (Van der Krogt 4, 41:1.2)

TRANSLATION OF CARTOUCHE TEXT: Picture of the city of Kampen, the beautiful and charming appearance of which embellishes the IJssel. 

COMMENTARY BY BRAUN: "Kampen lies on the bank of the IJssel, not far from its mouth, well laid out in an attractive place with splendid buildings. Kampen is also a trade city [...], an honest community and a solid alliance of many cities, towns, villages, for the benefit of trade by water and on land." 

The bird's-eye view shows Kampen, which was an important trade centre from the 13th to the 17th century thanks to its favourable geographical location on the IJssel. The former wealth of this Hanseatic city is attested for instance by the magnificent Gothic Sint-Nicolaaskerk. The church tower in line with the bridge over the IJssel belongs to the Broederkerk, a Dutch Reformed church, which was once part of a monastery dating from the 15th century. The Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk or Buitenkerk rises up on the right. (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, and the sixth 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 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 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 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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