Civitates Orbis terrarum liber Primus
George Braun and Franz Hogenberg
Coloniae Agrippinae ,Apud Petrus a Brachel 1612
Folio (41 x 28 cms).Engraved architectural frontispiece,10 unnumbered leaves and 59 double page engraved views with text on verso,10 index leaves. Original vellum binding with ink title on spine,front cover waterstained at corners. Internally a fine copy. This is a late reprint of the first volume that contains all the capitals and important cities in Europe: London,Paris, Frankfurt,Amsterdam,Lisbon,Granada,Lyon,Brussels,Antwerp,Venice,Rome,Jerusalem,Cairo,Milan,Mexico,Cuzco, Núremberg,Munich,Florens,Genoa,Vienna etc.
Braun and Hogenberg published the first systematic collection of city views. The first volumen was published in 1572 and the last one in 1617.Due to this long time period it became very difficult to complete the six volumes at the time.The book was one of the best selling books during the XVI and XVII century intended for the educated reader of the middle class in the cities. An attractive copy of this first volumen of the first city atlas.
Ref Koeman II,pg 10-13 Phillips 59.
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