Köln (Cologne) – Colonia Agrippina
Hometown of the mapmakers!
Date of first edition: 1572
Date of this edition: 1572
Dimensions (not including margins): 33 x 48 cm
Condition: Good. Sharp copper engraving printed on paper. Old coloured. Centre fold as published. Wide margins.
Condition rating: A+
Map reference: Taschen, Br. Hog., p. 102
From: Civitatis Urbis Terrarum, Liber primus, first published 1572, this edition 1572
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.