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An unrecorded variant of Braun & Hogenberg's plan of Cologne
An unrecorded variant of Braun & HogenbergBraun & Hogenberg.
Colonia Agrippina.
Cologne, 1572-1618. 345 x 480mm. Coloured. Cologne, the publisher's home city, published in the 'Civitates Orbis Terrarum'.
Despite being printed from the same plate and paginated correctly for the Braun & Hogenberg issues, this example has three figures standing in the foreground bottom left, instead of the usual four. The plate was first issued in 1572: perhaps towards the end of the publication the costume was obviously outdated, noticible because it was local, so the publishers decided to update it.
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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