Cairus, quae olim Babylon; Aegypti Maxima Urbs. Cairo, earlier Babylon; very large city in Egypt. Early view of Cairo from a hillside opposite the Nile, from Braun & Hogenberg’s Civitatus Orbis Terrarum , the most important town book of the 16th Century. Sheet measures approximately: 20 1/16″ W x 14 3/8″ H. Measures approximately: 25 3/8″ W x 19 1/4″ H. The’Civitates Orbis Terrarum’ (‘Atlas of the Cities of the World’) by Braun and Hogenburg is the second oldest printed atlas in the history of world cartography; and the first atlas of towns. His primary vocation was as Catholic cleric; he spent thirty-seven years as canon and dean at the church St. Maria ad Gradus, in Cologne. Braun was the chief editor of the Civitates orbis terrarum, the greatest book of town views ever published. His job entailed hiring artists, acquiring source material for the maps and views, and writing the text. In this role, he was assisted by Abraham Ortelius. Braun lived into his 80s, and he was the only member of the original team to witness the publication of the sixth volume in 1617. 1590 was a Flemish and German engraver and mapmaker who also painted. He was born in Mechelen, south of Antwerp, the son of wood engraver and etcher Nicolas Hogenberg. Together with his father, brother (Remigius), uncle, and cousins, Frans was one member of a prominent artistic family in the Netherlands. During the 1550s, Frans worked in Antwerp with the famous mapmaker Abraham Ortelius. There, he engraved the maps for Ortelius groundbreaking first atlas, published in Antwerp in 1570, along with Johannes van Deotecum and Ambrosius and Ferdinand Arsenius. It is suspected he engraved the title page as well. Hogenberg engraved the majority of the works 546 prospects and views. It is possible that Frans spent some time in England while fleeing from religious persecution, but he was living and working in Cologne by 1580. That is the city where he died around 1590. In addition to his maps, he is known for his historical allegories and portraits. His brother, Remigius, also went on to some fame as an engraver, and he died around the same time as his brother. The item “Braun & Hogenberg Map of Cairo Babylon” is in sale since Sunday, August 4, 2019. This item is in the category “Antiques\Maps, Atlases & Globes\Africa Maps”. The seller is “lightthinkart” and is located in Chicago, Illinois. This item can be shipped worldwide.
- Cartographer/Publisher: Braun & Hogenberg
- Original/Reproduction: Antique Original
- Type: City Map
- City: Cairo
- Date Range: 1572-1617
- Country/Region: Egypt