"Brugae, Flandricarum Urbium Ornamenta", Braun & Hogenberg
Period: 1572 (circa)
Publication: Civitates Orbis Terrarum
Color: Hand Color
18.2 x 12.5 inches
46.2 x 31.8 cm
Fine bird's-eye plan of the medieval city of Brugge filled with detail of the well-laid out city and the surrounding countryside. Embellished with strapwork cartouches, coats of arms and a couple standing on a hill overlooking the city. Braun's motive for adding figures to his city plans, as stated in his introduction, were to discourage the military use of the plans by the Turks because he believed that their religion forbade them from looking on representations of the human form. Latin text on verso.
Fine later color in the correct period style. Light soil and a small binding hole in blank margin, not affecting map. Remnants of hinge tape on verso.