Magdeburgum. BRAUN, HOGENBERG.
View of “The Noblest City in Saxony” in its First Issue
[Cologne, 1572]


12 ½ x 17 inches. Excellent condition.

A beautiful, detailed bird’s eye view of the Saxon city of Magdeburg, printed in the 1572 first issue of Braun & Hogenberg’s Civitates Orbis Terrarum, the first city atlas. The city’s churches are accurately depicted and named, and its medieval defenses – the walls, the moat– are shown as well. As is typical of Braun & Hogenberg’s views, in the foreground we see two men and two women wearing the fashions of the city. A medallion at the top of the engraving displays the city’s coat of arms.


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