Amstelredamvm, nobile inferioris Germaniae oppidum ad recipiendos ex omnib. mundi partibus, mercatores, recenter natum genus hominum incolit mercimonijs deditum quae quidem, tum blanda populi comitate, ac sedula diligentiqu[ue] industria : tum portus comoditate permagna, vsq[ue]adeo incrementa sumpserunt vt vix vllum mercaturae genus excogitari possit quod heic non exerceatur : hinc fit vt opum lucrique cupiditas, ex remotissimis etiam terris, negotiatores, in hanc ciuitate inuitet qui varia hinc bona et maximè rem frumentaria in Brabantiam caeteraq[ue] longè dissita totius vniuersi loca, transferentes : ingentes ex eiuscemodi commertio opes consequuntur.
14.25 x 20 in (36.195 x 50.8 cm)
An attractive first edition old color example of George Braun and Franz Hogenberg's 1572 city view and map of Amsterdam. The map, presented in bird's-eye view form, looks on Dutch Golden Age Amsterdam from the northeast. On the left side the map illustrates the elaborate damming and redirection of the Amstel River into Amsterdam's famous canal network. Ships line the canals and fill the Zuiderzee both on the inside and outside of Amsterdam's defensive seawall - suggestive of Amsterdam's enormous commercial prosperity. At center, the old town hall (Stadhuis, 21) and the neighboring Nieue Kerk (23), are recognizable. In the lower right, at the edge of the map, is the gallows field with a total of 11 unfortunates.
Translation of Cartouche TextAmsterdam is a well-known city in Lower Germany that has arisen in recent times to accommodate merchants and is inhabited by people engaged in trade. It is almost impossible to think of a commercial activity that is not practiced here. Hence profit seeking businessmen are drawn to this city from the most far-away lands and transport various goods, first and foremost grain, to Brabant and other parts of the world. Vast riches result from trade of this kind.
Dutch Golden AgeThis map was issued in the midst of the Dutch Golden Age. By the beginning of the 17th century, Holland had established itself as the European hub of trade and commerce. With fair laws, an excellent port, and far-flung trading interests, Amsterdam was by far the wealthiest city in Europe. Merchants, intellectuals, artists, and nobility flocked to Amsterdam from throughout Europe, bringing with them a flowering of art, culture, cartography, and sciences. From 1570 to 1640, the population of Amsterdam nearly quintupled, from roughly 30,000 to 140,000.
Publication History and CensusThis map first appeared in 1572 and is based upon a 1544 woodcut by Cornelis Anthonisz. There are two known editions, both very similar. The second edition features Hogenberg's privilege, a kind of early copyright, at bottom center. The present example, first edition, does not have a privilege.
Georg Braun (1541 – March 10, 1622) was a German deacon, viewmaker, and typo-geographer based in Cologne. Along with Franz Hogenberg (1535 - 1590), Braun is best known for his publication of the highly influential city atlas Civitates Orbis Terrarum. The six volume work, with some 546 views, was published between 1572 and 1617 and intended a companion to Abraham Ortelius' Thatrum Orbis Terrarum - thus certain obvious stylistic similarities. In compiling the Civitates Braun took on the role of editor while most of the engraving work was completed by Franz Hogenberg. Braun died, as he was born, in Cologne. Learn More...
Franz Hogenberg (1535 - 1590), often called 'Master Franz,' was a Flemish engraver active in the late 16th century. Hogenberg was born in Mechelen, the son of Nicolas Hogenberg, where he trained under the cartographer H. Terbruggen. He later relocated to Antwerp where he achieved success as an engraver, working with Abraham Ortelius, Hieronymus Cock, and others. In 1568, his name appeared on the list of those banned from the Netherlands by the Duke of Alva, forcing his family to flee to London. There he engraved for Christopher Saxon's Atlas of England and Wales. By 1570 he emigrated to Germany settling in Cologne. In Cologne he married his second wife, Agnes Lomar, with whom he had six children. In 1579 the couple were briefly imprisoned for holding illicit secret religious meetings, but were released in short order. Along with German cleric George Braun (1541 – March 10, 1622), Hogenberg issued the highly influential city atlas Civitates Orbis Terrarum. The six volume work, with some 546 views, was published between 1572 and 1617 and intended a companion to Abraham Ortelius' Thatrum Orbis Terrarum - thus certain obvious stylistic similarities. In compiling the Civitates Hogenberg took on the role of engraver while most of the editing was left to Georg Braun. Hogenberg died in Cologne, Germany, before the Civitates was completed. After his death, Hogenberg's work was continued by his son, Abraham Hogenberg, who, under the direction of Agnes, his mother, took over his father's enterprise at just 20. Learn More...
Braun, G. and Hogenberg, F. Civitatus Orbis Terrarum
The Civitatus Orbis Terrarum
is an 6-volume atlas of cities, or town book, compiled and written by George Braun, Canon of Cologne Cathedral and Franz Hogenberg. Braun and Hogenberg gathered together vast amounts of information and draft plans to produce over 500 city views/maps published in six parts between 1572 and 1617. Most of the town views and plans were engraved by Simon van den Neuvel (Novellanus) and Frans Hogenberg, many after drawings by Joris Hoefnagel. The Civitatus Orbis Terrarum
was printed in Cologne, but in the Flemish style after Abraham Ortelius, the preeminent cartographer of the period. The text throughout is the work of Braun. The work proved to be a great success, reflecting the period's greater fascination with notable metropolises than with national boundaries. After the initial publication of volume 1, the popularity of the led to a second volume. In the introduction to volume 2, Braun requests that those who live in cities not represented, sent details of their own metropolises. This led to the publication of volumes 3, 4, and 5. Volume 6, the last, did not appear until 1617 under Franz Hogenberg's son, Abraham Hogenberg. The volumes include
- Civitates orbis terrarium, first edition 1572.
- De praecipuis, totius universi urbibus, liber secundus, first edition 1575.
- Urbium praecipuarum totius mundi, liber tertius, first edition 1581.
- Urbium praecipuarum totius mundi, liber quartus, first edition 1588.
- Urbium praecipuarum mundi theatrum quintum, first edition 1596.
- Theatri praecipuarum totius mundi urbium liber sextus, first edition 1617.
New editions Civitatus Orbis Terrarum
continued to be released until roughly 1640. In general, the plates and text remained unchanged.
Good. Even toning. Old color. Latin text and some older reinforcement on verso.
OCLC 159840305. Van der Krogt, P. C. J., Koeman's Atlantes Neerlandici, (3 Vols), 4, 107 State 1. Taschen, Braun and Hogenberg, p. 78.