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Georg Braun  &  Franz Hogenberg:  Magdeburgum . . . Metropolitica Saxoniae Urbs

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Title: Magdeburgum . . . Metropolitica Saxoniae Urbs

Map Maker: Georg Braun  &   Franz Hogenberg

Place / Date: Cologne / 1572

Coloring: Hand Colored

Size: 17 x 12.5 inches

Condition: VG

Price: $475.00

Inventory ID: 42108mp2



A fine early view of Magdeberg in Saxony, published by Braun & Hogenberg in their monumental 6 volume Civitatus Orbis Terrarum.

TRANSLATION OF CARTOUCHE TEXT: Magdeburg was called Parthenopolis (virgin city) after Venus, who was once worshipped here: it is the capital of Saxony, remarkable for its wealth and power and known for its narrow city walls and its proximity to the Elbe.

COMMENTARY BY BRAUN: "Magdeburg [...] is the noblest city in Saxony [...]. Here there are splendid houses, magificent streets, large and richly decorated churches: the church of St Maurice built by Emperor Otto is particularly handsome. In Magdeburg there used to be a fortified castle surrounded by fishermen's huts like a village or some other open bourg. There used to be burgraves here as in Nuremberg: whether they were Saxons or Vandals, however, is uncertain. It is known, that after Otto a burgraviate was created by Imperial mandate, and numbered amongst the four burgraves in the empire."

In this plan view seen from a lofty bird's-eye perspective, Magdeburg - the name is probably derived from 'Magadoburg" (German for mächtige Burg or "mighty fortress") - lies on the right bank of the Elbe. The Gothic cathedral of SS Maurice and Catherine is clearly recognizable on the right (Der Dom). Further left is the ensemble of St John's church, where Martin Luther preached in 1524, and the town hall overlooking the Alter Markt, the old market square on which it is also possible to make out the famous equestrian statue of the Magdeburg Knight and a Magdeburg Roland statue. (Taschen)

Condition Description: Minor centerfold split repaired on verso.

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