BRAUN, George, & Franz Hogenberg.
Cestria (Vulgo) Chester, Angliae Civitates.
This wonderful, early plan of Chester was published in the third volume (of 6) of Braun and Hogenberg’s epic work ‘Civitates Orbis Terrarum’; published between 1572 and 1617. This monumental city atlas contained some 546 bird’s eye city prospects and map plans. The work was originally published to accompany Abraham Ortelius’ great atlas; the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum of 1570. This plan of Chester depicts it in Elizabethan times, with appropriate attired figures in the foreground, a inscription in Latin, numerous aristocratic and royal heraldic shields, and the coats of arms of the city itself and of the bishop of the city. The river Dee divides England from Wales and all of the principal buildings and fortifications within the city are listed and numbered. Chester was founded by the Romans, serving legion that was posted there to ward off the Celtic Welsh as an important harbour and defensive position. Following the withdrawal of the Romans, the Anglo-Saxons extended the walls in order to protect the city against incursions by the Danes.
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Framed size: 510 600 mm. Copperplate engraving with hand colour. Latin text on verso Fine condition.