Damascus, urbs nobilissima ad Libanum montem Totius Syriae Metropolis


1588 Braun & Hogenberg bird’s-eye-view of Damascus

Date: 1588
Place: Cologne
Coloring: Old-color
Dimensions: 35.5 x 32 cm (14 x 12.5 in)
Condition Rating: VG

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Striking town plan of Damascus from a Latin edition of Braun & Hogenberg’s Civitas Orbis Terrarum first issued in 1588.

Shows the fortified walls of the city and various buildings, public squares and other places of interest, with costumed locals and camels in the foreground.


Georg Braun & Franz Hogenberg

Georg Braun (1541 – 10 March 1622) was a topo-geographer. From 1572 to 1617 he edited the Civitates orbis terrarum, which contains 546 prospects, bird’s-eye views and maps of cities from all around the world. He was the principal editor of the work, he acquired the tables, hired the artists, and wrote the texts.

The main engraver for volumes I-IV was Frans Hogenberg (1535–1590), a Flemish and German painter, engraver, and mapmaker.

Condition Description

Minor repairs on verso.