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Georg Braun
Koln: Braun & Hogenburg, 1581. Splendid 16th century double-page bird's eye view of the City of Edenberg (Edinburgh) taken from one of the most important city atlases, Braun & Hogenburg's Civitates Orbis Terrarium. Georg Braun edited the text, and Franz Hogenberg was the principle engraver. This from the Liber Tertus, printed in Cologne and issued from 1581-88. ~~From Braun's Commentary: "To the west of the city a mountain with a tall cliff rises up, upon which stands a castle, which is extremely secure due to its natural setting. On the side of the city, one that is paved with ashlar stone, leading from the Maidens' Castle to the monastery and to the royal palace, and the other is the highway. From the highway running from the north to south countless smaller roads branch off, all of which are lined with very tall buildings". ~~The Taschen edition of "Cities of the World" notes the enormous cultural importance of the Civitates as it "not only shows the towns but also features additional elements, such as figures in local dress, ships. .. and topographical details, that help convey the situation, commerical power, and political importance of the towns they accompany" [Taschen, ] Such is the case with this splendid bird's-eye view. Figures wearing the typical dress of the nobility dominate the foreground, flanked by simpler folk. Perched on top of Castle Rock is Edinburgh Castle (Castrum Puellarum). The upper horizontal street -- The Royal Mile -- leads from Castle Rock, and the town gate in the east and Holyrood Abbey.~~With attractive early coloring. In a most appropriate … [Click Below for Full Description]
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