C1580

Algerii Sarace Norum Urbis Fortissimae, in Numidia Africae

Famous engraved plan of Algiers from George Braun and Franz Hogenberg’s, Civitates Orbis Terrarum (Cities of the World) which revolutionised the view of the world when it was first published. It included over 450 town plans with all their buildings … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Algerii Sarace Norum Urbis Fortissimae, in Numidia Africae

Date:

C1580

Condition:

Small repaired tear at right hand side margin, otherwise in good condition with centre fold as issued.

Technique:

Copper engraving with original hand colouring. Note oxidisation of green as usual, in lower right corner on verso is proof of original hand colouring.
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Algerii Sarace Norum Urbis Fortissimae, in Numidia Africae - Antique Print from 1580

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dated:

1580

Description:

Famous engraved plan of Algiers from George Braun and Franz Hogenberg’s, Civitates Orbis Terrarum (Cities of the World) which revolutionised the view of the world when it was first published. It included over 450 town plans with all their buildings depicted, and to add further interest, costumed figures occupy the foreground of most.

Algiers is known as “El-Bahdja” in Arabic or “Alger la Blanche” in French for the glistening white of its buildings rising up from the sea. The Ottomans captured the city from the Spanish in 1529 and it remained under Ottoman rule for three centuries until the French invasion of Algeria in 1830. It was the key port of the Barbery Corsairs who pirated European ships in the Mediterranean, kidnapping the crews and demanding ransoms under threat of enslavement. This resulted in numerous attempts by various European powers to regain the city.

Franz Hogenberg (1541 - 1622)

Hogenberg was a Flemish and German painter, engraver, and mapmaker, born in Mechelen a. In 1568 he was banned from Antwerp by the Duke of Alva and travelled to London, where he stayed a few years before emigrating to Cologne. He is best known for his work on the monumental series of town views, Civitates orbis terrarium. Georg Braun (1541-1622) Braun was the principal editor of Civitates orbis terrarium, he acquired the tables, hired the artists, and wrote the texts.

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