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Alexandria vetustissimum Aegypti emporium

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Series :  Engravings on leather
Year :  2011
Unique ID :  pe.0002.27
Authors :  Pyro Skin A.I.
Frame design :  italian redwood frame
Size :  950 mm x 750 mm
Area shown :  Decorative engraving

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A superb image of Alexandria, the famous Egyptian center of learning. From Braun and Hogenberg's "Civitates Orbis Terrarum". An excellent example in fine period color tones. Copperplate engraving. The "Civitates" was the first standardized collection of town views/plans and places encompassing the known world at the time. This view first appeared in Volume I, originally published in 1572. The verso is in Latin. Braun and Hogenberg compiled the famed Civitates Orbis Terrarum in six Volumes from 1572 through 1618. These atlases gained such a high level of popularity that there were numerous reprints in various languages, even before final volumes were published.   

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