Köln (Cologne) – Colonia Agrippina

by Georg Braun and Frans Hogenberg

Hometown of the mapmakers!




Date of first edition: 1572

Date of this edition: 1582

Dimensions (not including margins): 33,3 x 48 cm

Dimensions (including margins): 40 x 54,3 cm

Condition: Good. Sharp copper engraving printed on paper. Old coloured. Centre fold as published. Wide margins. Marginal age-toning.

Condition rating: A+

Map reference: Taschen, Br. Hog., p. 102; van der Krogt, IV-2,1, 2091

From: Civitatis Urbis Terrarum, Liber primus, first published 1572, this edition 1582 last line ending with ‘fuit Apostolus’ and first line ending with ‘ciuitas’

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Cologne (Köln) by Braun and Hogenberg

Cologne was the home town of Braun and Hogenberg and the birthplace of the Civitates. Essentially a ground plan, the engraving also shows oblique elevations of the buildings. These are taken, not from a single viewpoint that would have over-emphasized the foreground, but from a fictitious moving vantage-point that leaves each building true to scale. If the ordinary dwellings are stylized, the city’s monuments are portrayed from the life. The cathedral, destined to remain unfinished for a further three centuries, and the city walls, since demolished to make way for the Ringstrasse, are clearly visible.

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