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Civitates Orbis Terrarum: Braun & Hogenberg’s Evolving World

Civitates Orbis Terrarum (Cities of the World), the first standardized city atlas, contains over 540 maps and views between its six volumes. First published in 1572 by Georg Braun (1541-1622) and Frans Hogenberg (1535-1590), Civitates was first intended as a companion to Ortelius’s Theatrum Orbis Terrarum. New editions of the city atlas continued to be printed through 1617. Hogenberg, one of the most prolific engravers of the time, was joined by many other engravers in creating the Civitates. Braun edited the work and provided the descriptions of the cities on the verso of each plate. This exhibit contains 18 works from the Civitates, including many from the Clark Library’s holdings. Also included are reproductions of large panoramas Amsterdam, London, and St. Petersburg that reflect the evolution of city mapping through the 17th and 18th centuries.

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