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BRAUN,G. / HOGENBERG, F. - Messana, Urbs est Sicilie maxima, situ, opulentia, & tuta navium statione.

BRAUN,G. / HOGENBERG, F. -  Messana, Urbs est Sicilie maxima, situ, opulentia, & tuta navium statione.
Messana, Urbs est Sicilie maxima, situ, opulentia, & tuta navium statione. - BRAUN,G. / HOGENBERG, F.
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Title : Messana, Urbs est Sicilie maxima, situ, opulentia, & tuta navium statione..
Map maker : BRAUN,G. / HOGENBERG, F..
Date : Cologne, (1572) 1577.
Size : 14.3 x 18.5 inches. / 36.2 x 47.0 cm.
Colouring : In original colours.

Description :Very desirable and early town-plan of Messina on Sicily, with a numbered key (1-167) in lower part.
"Messina is shown from the east, in a view looking down upon the crescent -shaped natural harbour and the city with its geometric plan. The image of Messina is dominated by the busy shipping in the harbour and the huge warehouses in the foreground.
The city is well fortified and protected by citadels, in particular on its landward side. In the city stands the 12th-century cathedral of Maria Santissima Assunta (17), with in front of it the fountain of Orion (29) by Giovanni Angelo Montorsoli. The Strait of Messina remains treacherous for shipping today. According to Greek mythology, its narrow channel held two sea monsters both deadly to seafarers: Scylla, who dwelt in a rock on one side, and Charybdis with his gaping whirlpool mouth on the other side. Since a tectonic fault runs through the Strait, Messina has regularly experienced seismic activity.." . (Taschen, Braun and Hogenberg, p.118.)

From volume one of the greatest publication in this genre!. The Civitates was compiled and written by George Braun, Canon of Cologne Cathedral. Braun gathered together vast amounts of information and draft plans to produce over 500 city views/maps published in six parts between 1572 and 1617. Most of these engravings were made by Simon Novellanus and Frans Hogenberg, many after drawings by Joris Hoefnagel.
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Condition : Latin text on verso. Some marginal tumbling and some very light toning in center fold. Old repair of a split in right hand part, small hole in upper right corner and lower part center, 2cm. into engraved area. In very attractive original colouring.

ID: 33681

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