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Seville (Sevilla) by Braun & Hogenberg 1588-97

COMMENTARY BY BRAUN: "This is a renowned city in the province of Hispania Baetica, situated on the Gulf of Cadiz, with a round shape and many fine houses. It is the most important trade city in Spain, and incredible quantities of goods from all parts of the world, especially from India, arrive here. The Sevillians have become so successful in the trade that they have been granted the privilege above all others that no ship may sail to India without first coming here to take on board trade goods, war equipment, guns, provisions and soldiers and everything that is needed for such a voyage, in the name of the Spanish King. This also applies to ships arriving from India, [...] they must also moor in this city and offer their goods for sale here."

This is a bird's-eye view from the city's southwest, built in a semicircular shape beside the Guadalquivir. The only tall building - which dwarfs the houses around it - is the cathedral, in its day, the biggest in the world. In the left foreground, the Castillo can be identified on this side of the river. The source of the city's wealth is indicated by the many ships that have come from the sea and moored in the harbour. The aqueduct in the upper right-hand corner references the city's Roman origins.


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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Category:  Antique maps > Europe > Spain and Portugal

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

with a key to 40 locations.

Copper engraving
Size: 35.5 x 48cm (13.8 x 18.7 inches)
Verso text: Latin
Condition: Excellent, superb old colour.
Condition Rating: A
References: Taschen, Braun & Hogenberg, p.270.

From: Liber quartus Urbium Praecipuarum totius Mundi. (Koeman, B&H4)

COMMENTARY BY BRAUN: "This is a renowned city in the province of Hispania Baetica, situated on the Gulf of Cadiz, with a round shape and many fine houses. It is the most important trade city in Spain, and incredible quantities of goods from all parts of the world, especially from India, arrive here. The Sevillians have become so successful in the trade that they have been granted the privilege above all others that no ship may sail to India without first coming here to take on board trade goods, war equipment, guns, provisions and soldiers and everything that is needed for such a voyage, in the name of the Spanish King. This also applies to ships arriving from India, [...] they must also moor in this city and offer their goods for sale here."

This is a bird's-eye view from the city's southwest, built in a semicircular shape beside the Guadalquivir. The only tall building - which dwarfs the houses around it - is the cathedral, in its day, the biggest in the world. In the left foreground, the Castillo can be identified on this side of the river. The source of the city's wealth is indicated by the many ships that have come from the sea and moored in the harbour. The aqueduct in the upper right-hand corner references the city's Roman origins.


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.