Braun & Hogenberg's Civitates Orbis Terrarum or "Cities of the World" was published between 1572 and 1617. Within the six volumes, 531 towns and cities were depicted on 363 plates, providing the reader with the pleasures of travel without the attendant discomforts. Braun wrote in the preface to the third book, "What could be more pleasant than, in one's own home far from all danger, to gaze in these books at the universal form of the earth . . . adorned with the splendor of cities and fortresses and, by looking at pictures and reading the texts accompanying them, to acquire knowledge which could scarcely be had but by long and difficult journeys?" Braun and Hogenberg incorporated an astonishing wealth of information into each scene beyond the city layout and important buildings. The plates provide an impression of the economy and prominent occupations, and illustrate local costumes, manners and customs.
This sheet includes bird's-eye views of five port cities in Morocco: Tanger, Safi, Ceuta, Asilah, and Sale. Each view is elegantly engraved with ships in the harbor and a lovely countryside in the background. Latin text on verso.
References: Fussel, p. 123.
A nice impression on paper with a bunch of grapes watermark and a short centerfold separation in the bottom blank margin. There is light toning and soiling confined to the blank margins.