Braun, G. Limburgensis ducatus et comitatus Valkenburgensis et Dalemem. Zeldzame kaart van Zuid - Limburg en het aanpalende Duitse gebied. ( Herzogenrath; Duhren; Monschau; Valkenburg Maastricht etc...) Rare copperengraved map taken from "Itinerarium Belgicum".
Cologne. = Köln, G. v. Kempen, 1587.Fine condition. kopergravure; 14,5xI8,5 cm Mooie brede marges fraaie exemplaar. enige kleine wormgaatjes.
See at length [Caert-Thresoor 3(1984) 1, pp. 3-8] :" In Cologne there existed in the last thirty years of the sixteenth century a circle of cartographers, which was formed around one central person, Frans Hogenberg. They were all refugees, natives from the Low Countries. Gerhard Stempel was one of them. He studied theology in Cologne and from 1588 he was a canon in the monastery of St. George in Cologne. In the field of cartography he was probably a self-taught man. Stempel's first known cartographical activities were caused by certain hostilities in the Lower Rhine area. He started in 1585 (conquest of Neuss) and ended in 1598 (course of the Maas river between Liège and Maastricht). Some of his maps served as model for prints in publications by Hogenberg, like Civitates Orbis Terrarum and Hogenbergs Geschichtsblätter. His cartographical work appears to be of high quality. The author of the Itinerarium Belgicum appears to be Georg Braun, not Michael von Eitzing as has been stated frequently. Braun, was also a clergy man in the monastery of St. George. Before 1577, however, he was employed as a private teacher. Being freed of ecclesiastical duties in this period, he was able to spend much time and effort in completing part I and II of Civitates Orbis Terrarum. Especially the completing of part IV, which was finally published in 1588, caused many problems. From 1577 Braun was kept busy with all kinds of activities for the Church. As Braun promised to dedicate part IV to the King of Denmark, Frederie II, the dedication of the Itinerarium Belgicum to him in 1587 may have been a short-term solution for having waited so long. a very rare atlas issued by Georg Braun ( 1522 - 1622 ) one of the great cartographers of this era
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