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.
Fine plan of Kempten from this incredible atlas of Renaissance cities. The beautiful townscape depicts the small walled city with its cathedral, churches, houses and towers. The plan is embellished with three coats of arms, a large cartouche surrounding the title and map key, and two costumed figures. French text on verso. A crack in the plate is visible at top right.
References: Fussel, p. 174.
A clean and bright example with light show-through of text on verso.