"Namurcum", Braun & Hogenberg
Subject: Namur, Belgium
Period: 1575 (circa)
Publication: Civitates Orbis Terrarum, Vol. II
Color: Hand Color
19.7 x 14.6 inches
50 x 37.1 cm
Braun & Hogenberg's Civitates Orbis Terrarum or "Cities of the World" was published between 1572 and 1617. Within the six volumes, 531 towns and cities were depicted on 363 plates, providing the reader with the pleasures of travel without the attendant discomforts. Braun wrote in the preface to the third book, "What could be more pleasant than, in one's own home far from all danger, to gaze in these books at the universal form of the earth . . . adorned with the splendor of cities and fortresses and, by looking at pictures and reading the texts accompanying them, to acquire knowledge which could scarcely be had but by long and difficult journeys?" Braun and Hogenberg incorporated an astonishing wealth of information into each scene beyond the city layout and important buildings. The plates provide an impression of the economy and prominent occupations, and illustrate local costumes, manners and customs.
A fine bird's-eye view of the town of Namur at the confluence of the Sambre and Muese rivers. The city is viewed from the northeast, with the tower of the Saint-Jean-Baptiste church looming over the city. French text on verso.
References: Fussel, pp. 153-55.
A nice impression on a clean, bright sheet with professional repairs to a centerfold separation that enters 1/2" into image at top and to several short tears around the left-hand coat of arms.