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The Spice route:Portuguese Ports in Asia & Africa.

Braun & Hogenberg. Frans Hogenberg & Simon Novellanus` Calicut, Ormuz, Kannur & the fort of St George, Elmina in Ghana "Calechut Celeberimum Indiæ Emporium. ", "Ormus", "Canonor", & " S. Georgii opid Mina". Cologne Theodori Graminæi. 1572
4 copper engraved views of Portuguese ports and trading cities in India and Africa from the first volume of Braun & Hogenberg's "Civitas Orbis Terrarum. " Latin text to verso. First state.
The views are of Calicut in South West India, Ormuz on the Straits of Hormuz, : Kannur in Kerala, India; and the Portuguese fort of St George at Mina, now Elmina in Ghana. Good impression; some staining staining. light extensive waterstain to upper view of calicut.

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 introduction to the facsimile edition [ 1965] puts the case f for the "Theatrum " of Ortelius being the model for the work ( "(it) is made abundantly clear by the similarity between the two works in title, in format and in the layout and serial order of the plates and text"
First publishe in 1572 in Cologne just two years after Ortelius' " Theatrum" it was published in six volumes in the years between 1572 and 1617.
Georg Braun [1541-1622], Canon of Cologne Cathedral wrote the preface for all but the last volume and also the text accompanying each plan or view on the verso.
The plates were engraved by Frans Hogenberg and Simon Novellanus after the original drawings of Joris Hoefnagel[1542-1600] who travelled with Ortelius through Italy and also made extensive travels through France Spain and England
Following the death of Frans Hogenberg the plates were engraved by Abraham Hogenberg, believed to be his son.
Jacob Hoefnagel continued the work of his father following his death, particularly the Austrian and Hungarian cities. Other notable contributers were Heinrich Rantzau with maps and plans of northern Europe, especially Denmark and Jacob van Deventer's plans of cities in the Netherlands. .

Braun corresponded with mapsellers and scholars throughout the world and it was his idea to include the figures of local inhabitants in the foreground of the plans and views, This was not just to add "Local colour" but believing the work could be of refence for Military use, particularly by the Turks. the insertion of images of the human form. specifically forbidden by Islam, was intended to prevent this.
Keoman vol2; B&H1/54 330 by 473mm (13 by 18½ inches). Calicut:182x473mm; the other 3 views approx:143x155mm each.   ref: 1670  €450

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