The ‘Civitates Orbis Terrarum’ was compiled by George Braun (1541-1622) the Canon of Cologne Cathedral. Braun produced a total of over 500 city views and maps published in six parts between 1572 and 1617. Most of the engraving was the work of Simon Novellanus and Frans Hogenberg (1535-1590), many after drawings by George Hoefnagel. Cartographically the plan of Paris is similar to the earlier Sebastian Munster plan and displays the city as it was around 1530. The city is orientated along the River Seine with the Isle de la Cite being central with the Notre Dame visible. This is the site of the Roman founding of the city under the title Lutetia which is shown expanded to its medieval walls. The Bastille can be seen against this upper centre. It is described in the legend lower right whilst lower left a gentleman is greeting two ladies. The Arms of Paris are displayed above the title. It was first published in the initial volume in 1572, this example bears Latin text on the verso. Boutier (2002) no. 15 Ib; Goss (1992) pl.44; Koeman (1967-70) B & H 1 no. 7.