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Panoramic Views of 16th Century Leipzig and Dresden
Rare First Edition
BRAUN, G. & HOGENBERG, F. [Cologne, 1572]
Dresden – Dresa Florentissimum Misniae Opp. Illust. Saxoniae Ducum Sedes/ Leibzigk – Lipsia Litterarum Studiis Et Mercatura Celebre Misniae Oppidum.
13 x 18 ¾ inches.
Excellent example of the first state of this engraving, presenting panoramic views of two great German cities. It appeared in the first, 1572 edition of the first volume of Braun & Hogenberg’s Civitatis Orbis Terrarum, the earliest atlas of city plans and views ever published. Dresden is highlighted for being the seat of the Duke of Saxony; Leipzig for its importance as a trade hub and academic center. Leipzig University, the second oldest university in Germany, can be seen to the right of the view. The two cities are paired on one sheet due to their both falling within the Diocese of Meissen, which a few years later would be dissolved for its role in the Protestant Reformation.
The printing strike is bold and sharp, due to the youth of the copperplate at the time it was printed. The thick, high-quality paper is also characteristic of the plans and views of Braun & Hogenberg’s first edition.
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