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Number: 3640
Continent: Africa
Region: North
Place Names: Tunis, Tunisia
Year of Origin: 1575
Title: TVNES OPPPIDVM Barbarie & Regia sedes : Anno 1535. cum a Carolo V. Imp. expugnaretur .... [lower inset titles] AFRICA APHRODISIUM - --PENON DE VELES.
Language: Latin
Publish Origin: Cologne
Height: 33.0
Width: 46.5
Units: centimeters
Size Class.: Medium
Color Type: Full Color
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Publisher: Franz Hogenberg
Georg Braun
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Northernmost Latitude: 36.85
Southernmost Latitude: 36.75
Westernmost Longitude: 10.15
Easternmost Longitude: 10.2
Measurement Notes: modern estimates
Notes: From: 'Civitates orbis terrarum', A striking sheet with three old coloured, copper engraved views of Tunis, Mahdiya and Penon de Velez de la Gomera, from the second volume of Braun & Hogenberg's "Civitates Orbis Terrarum" German text to verso. The second view depicts the massive recapture at sea and on land by the Spanish Admiral Andrea Doria and the Maltese Claude de la Sengle in September 1550. Mahdia, or the Horn of Africa, is located on an ancient site, which in the 16th century was thought to be Ptolemy's Aphrodisium. The third view depicts a small rocky island under siege cannon fire from the land as well as from the sea. Fortifications with towers, walls and planted flags can be identified on the sheer cliffs of the island. The Spanish, battling the resident pirates there, initially captured the island in 1508. Afterwards it fell under Moroccan rule for 42 years until the Spanish won it back 1564. after an engraving by Giovanni Francesco Camocio, c 1570This sheet contains three separate views: Tunis and Mahdia in Tunisia, and Penon de Velez in Morocco. Each depicts a raging battle scene, with Tunis' being fought on land while the other two show ferocious battles at port.
Last updated: Jul 28, 2020