Decorative early view of Lugdunum (Lyon), from Braun & Hogenberg's Civitatus Orbis Terrarum.
Condition: Fine contemporary hand coloured map with wide margins, map is bright with minor handling marks & brown spots to the wide margins, verso with minor browning and soiling.
Attractive birds eye view map of the Roman town of Lugdunum (Lyon) showing the ruins of the Roman theater of Fourvière (Amphitheater) the monastery of Saint-Just, (destroyed by the Protestants in 1562) the Roman channel between the Saône and the Rhône rivers and the ancient historical building with the middle age fortifications of the city.
This map represents the old city as it was under the rule of the French kings Francis 1 and Henry II.
The map is decorated with three cartouches describing the city, verso of the map the city describing in Latin text.
The Civitates Orbis Terrarum was one of the most significant cartographic works of the late sixteenth-century, printed over 45 year period between 1572 and 1617. It was the first systematic city atlas (containing the first accurate surveys of many towns) and was inspired in part by the scope of Abraham Ortelius’ Theatrum Orbis Terarrum which gathered together the best available geographical sources. Town views and plans were all taken from direct observation rather than improvised in the manner of some earlier geographical works – it had not been unknown for the same view to appear in more than one guise. Georg Braun wrote the text and Ortelius himself – who travelled through Italy with the artist Joris Hoefnagel – supplied a significant proportion of the material, which was then engraved by Simon Novellanus and Frans Hogenburg. Later contributors included Abraham Hogenberg and Jacob Hoefnagel, who continued their fathers’ work. There were a number of editions, mostly with Latin text, but it is extremely difficult (and, according to Koeman ‘of secondary importance’) to differentiate between them, as the state of the plates and their number and order does not vary.
- Land (gjeldende geografisk beliggenhet)
- Geografisk spesifikasjon
- Lugdunum (Lyon)
- Georg Braun and Franz Hogenberg
- Dekorativ tidlig utsikt over Lugdunum (Lyon), fra Braun & Hogenbergs Civitatus Orbis Terrarum.
- Største bildestørrelse
- 40×53 cm
- Moderne håndfarget