BRAUN, Georg (1541-1622) and Frans HOGENBERG (fl. c. 1540-1590). Civitates orbis terrarum. Cologne: [G. von Kempen], 1575.
First volume (only), 2° (389 x 273 mm). Engraved hand-colored allegorical title, 58 double-page engraved maps and views with early hand-coloring. (Some maps and views torn or repaired, approx. 9 with loss to image crudely patched, title and 4 text leaves with loss, last leaf laid down.) 19th-century leather backed boards (worn).
Second Latin edition. This is the first systematic city atlas containing plans, bird’s-eye views, and maps of all major European cities, as well as important Asian, African, and South-American cities. The text was written by Georg Braun of Cologne, the engraving of the plans executed by Frans Hogenberg and Simon Novellanus. Braun and Hogenberg relied on existing maps, but also on maps made after drawings by the Antwerp artist Joris Hoefnagel (1542-1600), who had travelled through most of Western Europe. Koeman B & H 1.