Old Maps Collection
Olisipo, sive ut pervetustae lapidum inscriptiones habent, Ulysippo, vulgo Lisbona Florentis, simum Portugalliae Emporiu[m]
Cascale Lusitaniae opp.
Braun, Georg, 1541-1622, author
Kempen, Gottfried von, fl. 1576-1598, printer
Hogenberg, Frans, ca. 1539-1590, bookseller
City Plans & Views
JPEG 9487 × 7272, 86.7MB
Scale not given.
Physical Map Dimension (cm):
35 x 49 cm
This fascinating panoramic view of the Lusitanian capital captured from the sea from a bird's eye view in the upper part, and Cascais below, was published in the wotrk 'Beschreibung und contrafactur der vornembster Stät der Welt'. The work commonly know as 'Civitates orbis terrarum', gathered information and plans of over 500 cities. Lisbon, one of the oldest capital cities in the world, is depicted here with the Roman and Moorish citadels on the hills in the background. Its appearance in second inside the work is certainly no accident, since by the start of the 16th century Lisbon already numbered 350,000 inhabitants and thus ranked amongst the largest of all the most famous cities. The densely packed houses in the engraving underline this fact. Emphasis is also placed upon the harbor and shipyards, highlighting Lisbon's importance as a cosmopolitan center of trade. Lisbon was the Portuguese city that profited the most from the expansion of the Portuguese global empire, which began in 1499 after Vasco da Gama's voyages of discovery and led to the colonies in Asia and South America. On the bottom, Cascais and Belém, two small towns in the vicinity of Lisbon, can be seen in a more calm environment with only two ship on sailing waters and three moored on the harbor. The image is a stark contrast to the busy harbor of the capital city depicted above.
View 1 : Lisbona. - Scale not given. - 19 x 47 cm. -- View 2: Cascale Lusitaniae opp. - Scale not given. - 12 x 47 cm.
Original is a double view in copperplate from the work 'Beschreibung und contrafactur der vornembster Stät der Welt', 40 x 53 cm.
Title inside strapwork cartouche on the bottom right corner of the top view, colored red.
On the top view of the harbor of the city of Lisbon there is the coat of arms of Portugal.
Relief shown pictorially.
Each of the views in yellow frame with the whole outlined bold fillet.
Mainly in Latin with some notes in German.
Beschreibung und contrafactur der vornembster Stät der Welt
Braun, Georg, 1541-1622
Harvard College Library
Provenance Call No.:
G140 .B7 1572 pf*