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16th century townplan of Bruges (Brugge)
16th century townplan of Bruges (Brugge)Braun & Hogenberg.
Brugæ, Flandricarum Urbium Ornamenta.
Cologne, c.1572. 320 x 465mm. Original colour. Some age-toning caused by the strong original colour. Bird's-eye view of Bruges from the northwest, published in the 'Civitates Orbis Terrarum'.
The cartouche reads: 'Brugae, generally known as Bruck, is the most beautiful and elegant of all German cities in Flanders. The splendour and magnificence of the public and private buildings in this city surpass all imagination and description. It possesses the best ground plan imaginable - one that is circular. It is surrounded by a double moat filled with water. It was formerly a flourishing city of commerce.'
The 'Civitatis Orbis Terrarum' was the first methodical series of town plans, issued in six volumes between 1572 & 1617. The plans were collected from different sources, resulting in a wide range of artistic styles, and were engraved by Franz Hogenberg, with a text edited by Georg Braun. Designed as a sister publication to the Ortelius atlas, the 'Theatrum Orbis Terrarum', it included many of the earliest extant plans of many places, including London.


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