This product is successfully added to your cart
Questions about this product? (#21345)

Authenticity Guarantee
All items are guaranteed authentic prints (woodcuts or engravings) or manuscripts made at or about (c.) the given date and in good condition unless stated otherwise. We don’t sell facsimiles or reproductions. We deliver every map with a Certificate of Authenticity containing all the details.

Coimbra by Braun & Hogenberg. 1596-1640

TRANSLATION OF CAPTION: Illustration of the celebrated city of Coimbra in Lusitania on the Illunda. 

COMMENTARY BY BRAUN: "Coimbra stands out from other cities for it has a very beautiful collegiate church, a cathedral and furthermore an excellent and widely famed university, which lies in a favourable location and at which the liberal arts are taught. At the expense of the King, many professors and men learned in the Holy Scriptures, law and medicine teach there, for which they receive a rich and handsome living and pay." 

The university city of Coimbra, which lies between Lisbon and Porto, is seen from the southwest, whereby the artist has selected an elevated viewpoint from the opposite bank of the River Mondego. The engraving offers an impressive panorama of the Lower Town and - rising steeply up the hillside behind - the Upper Town with the university buildings (A/L). The University of Coimbra is the oldest in Portugal and was founded in 1290 by Denis, the sixth king of Portugal from the house of Burgundy. The two academics seen in learned discussion in the foreground make further visual reference to the university. After Ferdinand I of Castile and Léon had reconquered the city from the occupying Moors in 1064, Coimbra became the capital of Portugal, from 1139 to 1255. During this period it was significantly enlarged: the Romanesque monastery of Santa Cruz (S) was begun in 1131 and in 1139 the old cathedral of Sé Velha (E), one of Portugal's most important works of Romanesque architecture. The Roman aqueduct (D) also still survives today. (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. Many of the plates were engraved after the original drawings of Joris Hoefnagel (1542-1600), 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 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 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.

back

Illustris Civitati Conimbriae In Lusitania ad flumen Illundam effigies.

€650  ($682.5 / £559)
add to cart
Buy now
questions?
PRINT

Item Number:  21345 Authenticity Guarantee

Category:  Antique maps > Europe > Spain and Portugal

Old, antique bird’s-eye view plan of Coimbra by Braun & Hogenberg.

Title: Illustris Civitati Conimbriae In Lusitania ad flumen Illundam effigies.

Date: 1596-1640.

Copper engraving, printed on paper.
Size (not including margins): 288 x 460mm (11.34 x 18.11 inches).
Verso: Latin text.
Condition: Old coloured, slightly age-toned.
Condition Rating: A.

From: Civitates Orbis Terrarum, ... Part 5. Köln, 1596-1640.

TRANSLATION OF CAPTION: Illustration of the celebrated city of Coimbra in Lusitania on the Illunda. 

COMMENTARY BY BRAUN: "Coimbra stands out from other cities for it has a very beautiful collegiate church, a cathedral and furthermore an excellent and widely famed university, which lies in a favourable location and at which the liberal arts are taught. At the expense of the King, many professors and men learned in the Holy Scriptures, law and medicine teach there, for which they receive a rich and handsome living and pay." 

The university city of Coimbra, which lies between Lisbon and Porto, is seen from the southwest, whereby the artist has selected an elevated viewpoint from the opposite bank of the River Mondego. The engraving offers an impressive panorama of the Lower Town and - rising steeply up the hillside behind - the Upper Town with the university buildings (A/L). The University of Coimbra is the oldest in Portugal and was founded in 1290 by Denis, the sixth king of Portugal from the house of Burgundy. The two academics seen in learned discussion in the foreground make further visual reference to the university. After Ferdinand I of Castile and Léon had reconquered the city from the occupying Moors in 1064, Coimbra became the capital of Portugal, from 1139 to 1255. During this period it was significantly enlarged: the Romanesque monastery of Santa Cruz (S) was begun in 1131 and in 1139 the old cathedral of Sé Velha (E), one of Portugal's most important works of Romanesque architecture. The Roman aqueduct (D) also still survives today. (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. Many of the plates were engraved after the original drawings of Joris Hoefnagel (1542-1600), 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 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 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.

References: Van der Krogt 4 - 909; Taschen (Br. Hog.) - p.350

Related items

Alhama de Granada by Braun & Hogenberg

Alhama. 1575-1612
Alhama de Granada by Braun & Hogenberg
[Item number: 17930]

€340  ($357 / £292.4)
Archidona and the mountain

La Penna de los Enamorados - Archidona 1596
Archidona and the mountain "La Peña de los Enamorados" by Georg Braun & Frans Hogenberg.
[Item number: 21364]

€320  ($336 / £275.2)
Antequera, by Georg Braun & Frans Hogenberg.

Antequera 1575
Antequera, by Georg Braun & Frans Hogenberg.
[Item number: 21641]

€450  ($472.5 / £387)
Lebrija  & Settenil de las Bodegas by Braun & Hogenberg.

Le Brixa [on sheet with] Settenil. 1599
Lebrija & Settenil de las Bodegas by Braun & Hogenberg.
[Item number: 22188]

€420  ($441 / £361.2)
Alhama de Granada by Georg Braun & Frans Hogenberg

Alhama 1593
Alhama de Granada by Georg Braun & Frans Hogenberg
[Item number: 14714]

€360  ($378 / £309.6)
Sevilla - Gerena, by Braun & Hogenberg.

Sant Juan del Foratche [on sheet with] Jerenna ... 1596-1640
Sevilla - Gerena, by Braun & Hogenberg.
[Item number: 16487]

€760  ($798 / £653.6)
Vejer de la Frontera and Vélez-Málaga, by Georg Braun and Frans Hogenberg.

Vegel [on sheet with] Velis Malaga. 1575-1612
Vejer de la Frontera and Vélez-Málaga, by Georg Braun and Frans Hogenberg.
[Item number: 14895]

€480  ($504 / £412.8)
Cordoba, by Georg Braun and Frans Hogenberg.

Corduba. c. 1625
Cordoba, by Georg Braun and Frans Hogenberg.
[Item number: 16385]

€1100  ($1155 / £946)
Bornes and Zahara, by Braun & Hogenberg.

Bornnes [on sheet with] Zahara. 1596-1640
Bornes and Zahara, by Braun & Hogenberg.
[Item number: 21643]

€300  ($315 / £258)
Los Palacios y Villafranca - Las Alcantarillas - Las Cabezas de San Juan, by Georg Braun and Frans Hogenberg.

Palacios [on sheet with:] Alcanerilla [and] Cabecas. c. 1610
Los Palacios y Villafranca - Las Alcantarillas - Las Cabezas de San Juan, by Georg Braun and Frans Hogenberg.
[Item number: 16715]

€400  ($420 / £344)
Loja, by Georg Braun and Frans Hogenberg.

Loxa 1593
Loja, by Georg Braun and Frans Hogenberg.
[Item number: 14706]

€340  ($357 / £292.4)
Bilbao, by Georg Braun & Frans Hogenberg.

Bilvao. En, Spectator Benevole, Magnifica Hispaniae Civitas Bilbao ... 1576
Bilbao, by Georg Braun & Frans Hogenberg.
[Item number: 26703]

€750  ($787.5 / £645)