This is a superb bird's eye view of the city of Alexandria, ancient Egyptian center of trade, which was founded by Alexander the Great in 320 BC. By the time of creation of this view in the sixteenth century Alexandria lost some of its luster with changing politics, but it remained as an important commercial port. The view shows the fortified city, centered on a mosque, being located on the Nile Delta. The impressive lighthouse (Pharus), one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, reigns over the harbor. The city is surrounded by green countryside with people and camels and the sea holds a flotilla including galleys, small boats and sailing ships. Latin text on verso.
1575 Braun & Hogenberg Bird's Eye View of Alexandria
Alexandria, Vetustissimum Aegypti Emporium, Amplissima Civitas…
Map Maker Specifics
Braun & Hogenberg, 1575, Koln
14.3 x 18.8 in. plus margins
Very Good - Excellent. Nice strike and good coloring. Slight toning, mostly near the edges. A few soil spots. Issued centerfold.