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Old antique plan of Pozzuoli by Braun & Hogenberg.

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Nullus in Orbe Locus Baiis Praelucet Amoenis. - Braun & Hogenberg, 1581


Old view of the town of Pozzuoli (left), its bay and in the distance the peninsula with the castle of Baia and the island of Ischia.

CARTOUCHE TOP: The delights of happy Campania.

CARTOUCHE BOTTOM CENTRE: Here an everlasting spring and the warmth of the remaining months produce fruits are twice as large and trees that bear twice as much fruit.

Their travels led Georg Hoefnagel and his companion Ortelius (left, on a knoll) to the Gulf of Baia. Complementing the two engravings in volume II, this view is seen from an elevated point in the east and shows Pozzuoli in the foreground (T) together with the islands of Procida (C) and Ischia (D), the castle of Baia (F-G), the mountain with the Grotto of the Camaean Sybil (O), Lake Averno (P) and the temple of Jupiter (Y), flanked by curving cornucopias overflowing with the abundant gifts of nature in this climatically blessed region. The accompanying texts draw upon a knowledge of the literature of classical antiquity, for instance the remark that Cape Misenum (B) is named after Misenus, Aeneas's trumpeter, who is buried there, or the reference to natural histories, such as that of the Trituli sweat baths (L). This plate is unique in the city atlas because of its colourfulness. At the same time it is an important example of creative talents of the artist, Hoefnagel, who, in collaboration with his travelling companion Ortelius, who is again lavishly praised in the inset text (centre), augments his observations of nature with his knowledge of the classics and natural history. (Taschen)

Date of the first edition: 1581
Date of this map: 1581 (= 1st edition)

Copper engraving
Size (not including margins): 33 x 48.5cm (12.9 x 18.9 inches)
Verso text: Latin
Condition: Original coloured, excellent.
Condition Rating: A
References: Van der Krogt 4, 3459; Fauser, 11185; Taschen, Braun and Hogenberg, p.265.

From: Civitates Orbis Terrarum. . Liber tertius. Cologne, Gottfried von Kempen, 1581. (Van der Krogt 4, 41:1.3)

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