330 x 420 mm., early wash colour, some light reinforcement to verso lower centrefold, Latin text, otherwise in good condition.
A fine double-page engraved view of Jerusalem as viewed from the East, quite probably from the mount of Olives. 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. The view is believed to have been derived from one drawn by Domenico dalle Greche, a Venetian artist who travelled with Voldrich Prefat z Vlkanova to the Holy Land in 1546. The image is covered with religious sites and ruins. In the centre may be found the Temple of Solomon with the Holy Sepulchre behind. The quote at the top is from Ezekiel and translates as ‘This is Jerusalem. I have set her in the midst of nations and the lands around her’. It reminds us that Jerusalem is a sacred city to three major religions. A key lower right identifies 48 points of interest, the whole is finished with several contemporarily dressed figures in the foreground, a common attractive trait of Braun and Hogenburg’s views. Laor, E. 1040; Koeman, C. (Atlantes) B&H 2 no. 54.