1581 – G. Braun & F. Hogenberg – Riga


Title:                      “Riga die Hauptt Statt in Lifflantt”​

Early bird’s-eye view of Riga city, the capital of Latvia, from a southwesterly direction across the Daugava river, by Georg Braun & Frans Hogenberg.

Braun’s description: “The capital of Livonia, Riga, like Danzig in Prussia, is called the most famous trade city by many nations. Like all of Livonia, it lies on a plain. The best-known and largest river in the region is the Daugava, which runs past the city like the Elbe past Hamburg. The Daugava rises in Ruthenia and flows into the Baltic Sea two miles from Riga. Thus the inhabitants and their neighbors are supplied with ample fish and crabs not only from this river but from the sea as well. Likewise they dispose of a great deal of game, which even the farmers are allowed to hunt, although it irks the nobility.”

View comes from Latin edition atlas “Civitates orbis terrarum…” published by Georg Braun and Franz Hogenberg, engraved by Georg Hoefnagel in Cologne, 1581.

Cartographer:   Georg Braun (1541 – 1622) 
 Franz Hogenberg (1535 – 1590)
Leaf size:              52,5 x 20,2 cm
Year:                      1581
Technique:           copper engraving

Good condition. Restored upper margin. Watermarked paper.

This is an original antique map published in 1581 and NOT a modern copy or reprint


On your request I will provide a Certificate of Authenticity

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