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Braun & Hogenberg: Brightstowe

Map: SOM518
Cartographer: Braun & Hogenberg
Title: Brightstowe
Date: c. 1590
Published: Cologne
Width: 20 inches / 51 cm
Height: 15 inches / 39 cm
Map ref: SOM518
One of the earliest available printed views of Bristol published in the first atlas dedicated to city plans.

The “Civitates Orbis Terrarum” was the first atlas dedicated to city plans and was conceived by the German publisher Georg Braun. The first volume was issued in 1572 and the whole publication proved so successful that it grew to six volumes published 1572-1614. Braun’s main artistic collaborator was the engraver Frans Hogenberg, who provided many of the engravings for the work as well as sourcing others.

This plan of Bristol was first issued in Volume III of the work in 1581. It is near contemporaneous, attributed to a sketch drawn in 1568 by the noted Elizabethan antiquarian William Smith who also used it in his work “The Particular Description of England” published in 1588.

French text on verso (image available on request). [SOM518]