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Braun & Hogenberg
Chios. "Chios Maris Aegæ ieiusdem nominis Insulae Civitas
Greece: Cologne G von Kempen 1588. Copper engraved view of Chios from the fourth volume of Braun & Hogenberg's "Civitas Orbis Terrarum. " Latin text to verso; black & white as issued. The engraving shows the port and capital of Chios, seen from the east in a bird's-eye view. The town is represented as divided into the strongly fortified Byzantine Kastro and the town itself, which is defended on the landward side by massive watchtowers with a moat and a drawbridge. Windmills line the coast; A canon fire s out to sea from a tower on the sea wall; numerous ships and galleys. Decorative title cartoucheThe city is often locally referred to as "Chora" (Χώρα; literally meaning "town") or "Kastro" (Κάστρο) to distinguish it from the entirety of the island with which it shares the name. Originally the site of an ancient settlement, the town was first built at the north side of a natural harbour. By the 16th century, the walled town had been further fortified by successive rulers into a massive medieval castle, the "Kastro". Good Impression; occasional spotting , one dark above windmill in upper right; crease near centrefold; Map number reversed on verso 75 rather than 57. The "Civitas Orbis Terrarum" of Georg Braun and Frans Hogenberg was the first systemstic city atlas, possible intended to compliment the "Theatrum Orbis Terrarum "of Abraham Ortelius published in 1570.There is strong evidence that Braun, Hogenberg and Ortelius discussed the planned work, although some scholars believe it was influenced by Sabastien Munster's "Cosmographia"R A Skelton in his introductio … [Click Below for Full Description]
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