Attractive early birds eye plan view of Alexandria from Braun & Hogenberg's Civitates Orbis Terrarum, One of the earliest available plans of Alexandria
During its heyday the city was renowned in particular for both its culture and science: the library of Alexandria was the largest in the ancient world, and was affiliated with the Musaeum, a celebrated school of philology. The lighthouse at Alexandria, the Pharos, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, is also identifiable on a peninsula to the left.
One of the most attractive views from the Civitates
Uncoloured as issued.
Very good condition
From: Civitates Orbis Terrarum, ... Part 2. Köln, 1575-1612.
Ref: Van der Krogt 4, 66; Taschen, Braun and Hogenberg, p.187.
TRANSLATION OF CARTOUCHE TEXT: Alexandria , ancient Egyptian centre of trade, a huge town, founded by Alexander the Great; it was built in 320 BC with walls, towers and fortifications; once magnificent and even today well fortified, but inside its walls full of ruins and rubble, it is comparable in size to Paris.