1577 Bird’s-eye view of Blâmont, France by Braun and Hogenberg
1577 Bird's-eye view of Blâmont, France by Braun and Hogenberg

1577 Bird's-eye view of Blâmont, France by Braun and Hogenberg

1577 Bird's-eye view of Blâmont, France by Braun and Hogenberg

1577 Bird's-eye view of Blâmont, France by Braun and Hogenberg

1577 Bird's-eye view of Blâmont, France by Braun and Hogenberg

1577 Bird's-eye view of Blâmont, France by Braun and Hogenberg

1577 Bird's-eye view of Blâmont, France by Braun and Hogenberg

1577 Bird's-eye view of Blâmont, France by Braun and Hogenberg

Bird’s-eye view of Blâmont by Braun and Hogenberg. CARTOUCHE: Blanmont au Pays de Vauge en Loreyne – Blâmont in Lorraine’s Pays de Vague. Date of the first edition: 1575 Date of this map: c1577 Signed bottom right: Georg Hoefnagel. Copper engraving Size: 29.5 x 45.5cm (11.4 x 17.7 inches) Overall dimensions: 15 1/2″ x 21 3/8″ Verso text: Latin Condition: A fine dark impression; skillful, old repair to lower centerfold References: Van der Krogt 4, 508, State 1; Taschen, Braun and Hogenberg, p. From: Civitates Orbis Terrarum… COMMENTARY BY BRAUN: Blâmont is a town in Lorraine, about six stone throws from Nancy and ten from Strasbourg. The town is not very big, but in a charming situation. The town is important for three reasons; firstly it has a very big old castle, secondly a ducal palace and thirdly the inhabitants are almost all farmers, good, pious and honourable people. In this view of the town of Blâmont, the 12th-century castle and the ducal palace stand out in particular. In the 12th and 13th centuries Blâmont was a fief of the Salm family, and it became a county in the 15th century. In the mid-16th century Christina of Denmark resided here until she was driven out by French troops, who occupied the land until 1661. During the Thirty Years’ War, the town was completely burned down and the castle was destroyed by Richelieu and the troops of Louis XIII. 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. Georg Braun wrote the text accompanying the plans and views on the verso. 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. 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. 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. 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 on 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. 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. The item “1577 Bird’s-eye view of Blâmont, France by Braun and Hogenberg” is in sale since Tuesday, October 13, 2020. This item is in the category “Antiques\Maps, Atlases & Globes\Europe Maps”. The seller is “sduk” and is located in New York, New York. This item can be shipped worldwide.
  • Cartographer/Publisher: Braun and Hogenberg
  • Printing Technique: Copper Plate
  • Original/Reproduction: Antique Original
  • Type: City Map
  • Year: 1577
  • City: Blâmont
  • Date Range: 1500-1599
  • Country/Region: France
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