In a time before sat-nav...
Monday 11 April 2011
Before the world was mapped so comprehensively by Google's camera cars, the colour plates that make up publisher Georg Braun and engraver Franz Hogenberg's survey of Europe, Africa, Asia and Central America would have performed a similar function.
More than four centuries after the first volume was published in Cologne, this collection of engravings, Civitates Orbis Terrarum, has been brought back to life in Cities of the World by Stephan Füssel. The maps are taken from a original set of six volumes belonging to the Historische Museum in Frankfurt. The Civitates gives a comprehensive view of urban life at the turn of the 17th century, including figures in local dress, ships and ox-drawn carts.
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