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Nordovicum, Angliae Civitas - Braun & Hogenberg, 1588.
Antique map - bird's-eye view of Norfolk by Braun and Hogenberg, with an English key to locations. Bottom centre two costume figures.
COMMENTARY BY BRAUN: "Norwich, in Latin Nordovicum or, as others like, Norvicus, is a denseley populated city in England. It is roughly the shape of a taught bow: it lies on a hill, which is however not very steep, and reaches out far and wide in all directions. According to common legend two townsmen encircled the city with ring walls in the year 1374. The townsmen of Norwich are subject to the same jurisprudence, the same ceremonies and provisions in the city regiment as currently the townspeople of London."
Situated on the River Wensum, the east English city of Norwich is presented in an oblique view from the northwest. Standing out clearly in the city centre are the Norman Cathedral of the Holy and Undivided Trinity and, to the right on top of a grassy hillock, the castle (The Castell) , which was initially built as a wooden structure after the Norman Conquest in 1066, but around 1100 was replaced by a stone fortress. Over time both structures were expanded multiple times. In 1194 Norwich was granted its city charter. In the first half of the 14th century the extensive town wall was erected, which, over 4 km in length, enclosed a municipal area larger than that of London.
Date of the first edition: 1581
Date of this map: 1588
Size: 29.5 x 42cm (11.5 x 16.4 inches)
Verso text: Latin
Condition: Uncoloured, light browning along centrefold.
Condition Rating: A
References: Van der Krogt 4, 3109; Taschen, Braun and Hognberg, p.204.
From: Civitates Orbis Terrarum. . Liber tertius. Cologne, Gottfried von Kempen, 1588. (Van der Krogt 4, 41:1.3)
Item number: 16391
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