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Siege of Tunis, by Georg Braun & Frans Hogenberg 1575

TRANSLATION OF CARTOUCHE BOTTOM LEFT:  View of the town and new Tunis fortress and La Goulette - the latter already taken by force by King Philip of Spain. Occupied by the Turks and Moors under Selim, the king of Thrace, Philip stormed it in July and August 1574 after encampments had been established. 
 
CARTOUCHE BOTTOM RIGHT:  Poem on the battles waged over Tunis, expressing hope for Philip's victory. 
 
COMMENTARY BY BRAUN:  "Emperor Charles V desired to take the opportunity to rob the tyrannical enemy of all Christians of his power.  After procuring in Barcelona only the very best of all required for war, he took to the seas with his army on 25 July in 1538 and, after crossing the Mediterranean, arrived at the formidable and mighty fortress of La Goulette. This he besieged with all his might, shot, stormed and captured, apprehending Barbarossa while fleeing, and to his pleasure, acquired the town of Tunis, which surrendered." 
 
This depiction of Tunis shows the town under siege: the town is seen from the east, as well as the Gulf of Tunis, and the large stagnant lagoon  (stagnum),  today called El Bahira, is in front of it. At both entrances to the sea, the fortresses La Goulette and Nova Arx are found; the town is seen in the background. 
Tunis, founded before the 9th century BC, was always an apple of discord due to its location. Following multiple Arabic and African rulers, the Europeans attempted to capture the town for the first time in 1270. Yet it wasn't until 1535 that this could be accomplished by Charles V, who with it achieved an important victory over the Ottoman Empire; he was even able to defeat the Turk's most formidable leader, Khair ad-Din, otherwise known as Barbarossa. In 1569 the Turks captured Tunis under Kilic Ali Pasha, then lost it in 1573 to Philip II of Spain and won it back in 1574. (Taschen) 
 
This plate is engraved after an Italian engraving  L'Ultimo disegno dove si dimostra il vero sito di Tunisi et la Goletta  with a representation of Emperor Charles V besieging Tunis, 1535. (British Museum, no. 64162).

Braun G. & Hogenberg F. and the Civitates Orbis Terrarum.

The Civitates Orbis Terrarum, also known as the 'Braun & Hogenberg', is a six-volume town atlas and the most excellent book of town views and plans ever published: 363 engravings, sometimes beautifully coloured. It was one of the best-selling works in the last quarter of the 16th century. Georg Braun, a skilled writer, wrote the text accompanying the plans and views on the verso. Many plates were engraved after the original drawings of a professional artist, Joris Hoefnagel (1542-1600). The first volume was published in Latin in 1572 and the sixth in 1617. Frans Hogenberg, a talented engraver, created the tables for volumes I through IV, and Simon van den Neuwel made those for volumes V and VI. Other contributors were cartographers Daniel Freese and Heinrich Rantzau, who provided valuable geographical information. Works by Jacob van Deventer, Sebastian Münster, and Johannes Stumpf were also used as references. Translations appeared in German and French, making the atlas accessible to a wider audience.

Since its original publication of volume 1 in 1572, the Civitates Orbis Terrarum has left an indelible mark on the history of cartography. The first volume was followed by seven more editions in 1575, 1577, 1582, 1588, 1593, 1599, and 1612. Vol.2, initially released in 1575, saw subsequent editions in 1597 and 1612. The subsequent volumes, each a treasure trove of historical insights, graced the world in 1581, 1588, 1593, 1599, and 1606. The German translation of the first volume, a testament to its widespread appeal, debuted in 1574, followed by the French edition in 1575.

Several printers were involved: Theodor Graminaeus, Heinrich von Aich, Gottfried von Kempen, Johannis Sinniger, Bertram Buchholtz, and Peter von Brachel, all of whom worked in Cologne.

Georg Braun (1541-1622)

Georg Braun, the author of the text accompanying the plans and views in the Civitates Orbis Terrarum, was born in Cologne in 1541. After his studies in Cologne, he entered the Jesuit Order as a novice, indicating his commitment to learning and intellectual pursuits. In 1561, he obtained his bachelor's degree; in 1562, he received his Magister Artium, further demonstrating his academic achievements. Although he left the Jesuit Order, he continued his studies in theology, gaining a licentiate in theology. His theological background likely influenced the content and tone of the text in the Civitates Orbis Terrarum, adding a unique perspective to the work.

Frans Hogenberg (1535-1590)

Frans Hogenberg was a Flemish and German painter, engraver, and mapmaker. He was born in Mechelen as the son of Nicolaas Hogenberg.

By the end of the 1560s, Frans Hogenberg was employed upon Abraham Ortelius's Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, published in 1570; he is named an engraver of numerous maps. In 1568, he was banned from Antwerp by the Duke of Alva and travelled to London, where he stayed a few years before emigrating to Cologne. He immediately embarked on his two most important works, the Civitates, published in 1572 and the Geschichtsblätter, which appeared in several series from 1569 until about 1587.

Thanks to large-scale projects like the Geschichtsblätter and the Civitates, Hogenberg's social circumstances improved with each passing year. He died as a wealthy man in Cologne in 1590.

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Old, antique bird's-eye view of the siege of Tunis, by Georg Braun & Frans Hogenberg.

Title: Tunes Urbs - Tunetis Urbis, ac Novae Eius Arcis, et Guletae, quae Philippo Hispan Regi Parent ...

Date of the first edition: 1575.
Date of this map: 1575.

Copper engraving, printed on paper.
Size (not including margins): 325 x 415mm (12.8 x 16.34 inches).
Verso: Latin text.
Condition: Stained.
Condition Rating: A+.

From: Civitates Orbis Terrarum, ... Part 2. Köln, 1575-1612.

TRANSLATION OF CARTOUCHE BOTTOM LEFT:  View of the town and new Tunis fortress and La Goulette - the latter already taken by force by King Philip of Spain. Occupied by the Turks and Moors under Selim, the king of Thrace, Philip stormed it in July and August 1574 after encampments had been established. 
 
CARTOUCHE BOTTOM RIGHT:  Poem on the battles waged over Tunis, expressing hope for Philip's victory. 
 
COMMENTARY BY BRAUN:  "Emperor Charles V desired to take the opportunity to rob the tyrannical enemy of all Christians of his power.  After procuring in Barcelona only the very best of all required for war, he took to the seas with his army on 25 July in 1538 and, after crossing the Mediterranean, arrived at the formidable and mighty fortress of La Goulette. This he besieged with all his might, shot, stormed and captured, apprehending Barbarossa while fleeing, and to his pleasure, acquired the town of Tunis, which surrendered." 
 
This depiction of Tunis shows the town under siege: the town is seen from the east, as well as the Gulf of Tunis, and the large stagnant lagoon  (stagnum),  today called El Bahira, is in front of it. At both entrances to the sea, the fortresses La Goulette and Nova Arx are found; the town is seen in the background. 
Tunis, founded before the 9th century BC, was always an apple of discord due to its location. Following multiple Arabic and African rulers, the Europeans attempted to capture the town for the first time in 1270. Yet it wasn't until 1535 that this could be accomplished by Charles V, who with it achieved an important victory over the Ottoman Empire; he was even able to defeat the Turk's most formidable leader, Khair ad-Din, otherwise known as Barbarossa. In 1569 the Turks captured Tunis under Kilic Ali Pasha, then lost it in 1573 to Philip II of Spain and won it back in 1574. (Taschen) 
 
This plate is engraved after an Italian engraving  L'Ultimo disegno dove si dimostra il vero sito di Tunisi et la Goletta  with a representation of Emperor Charles V besieging Tunis, 1535. (British Museum, no. 64162).

Braun G. & Hogenberg F. and the Civitates Orbis Terrarum.

The Civitates Orbis Terrarum, also known as the 'Braun & Hogenberg', is a six-volume town atlas and the most excellent book of town views and plans ever published: 363 engravings, sometimes beautifully coloured. It was one of the best-selling works in the last quarter of the 16th century. Georg Braun, a skilled writer, wrote the text accompanying the plans and views on the verso. Many plates were engraved after the original drawings of a professional artist, Joris Hoefnagel (1542-1600). The first volume was published in Latin in 1572 and the sixth in 1617. Frans Hogenberg, a talented engraver, created the tables for volumes I through IV, and Simon van den Neuwel made those for volumes V and VI. Other contributors were cartographers Daniel Freese and Heinrich Rantzau, who provided valuable geographical information. Works by Jacob van Deventer, Sebastian Münster, and Johannes Stumpf were also used as references. Translations appeared in German and French, making the atlas accessible to a wider audience.

Since its original publication of volume 1 in 1572, the Civitates Orbis Terrarum has left an indelible mark on the history of cartography. The first volume was followed by seven more editions in 1575, 1577, 1582, 1588, 1593, 1599, and 1612. Vol.2, initially released in 1575, saw subsequent editions in 1597 and 1612. The subsequent volumes, each a treasure trove of historical insights, graced the world in 1581, 1588, 1593, 1599, and 1606. The German translation of the first volume, a testament to its widespread appeal, debuted in 1574, followed by the French edition in 1575.

Several printers were involved: Theodor Graminaeus, Heinrich von Aich, Gottfried von Kempen, Johannis Sinniger, Bertram Buchholtz, and Peter von Brachel, all of whom worked in Cologne.

Georg Braun (1541-1622)

Georg Braun, the author of the text accompanying the plans and views in the Civitates Orbis Terrarum, was born in Cologne in 1541. After his studies in Cologne, he entered the Jesuit Order as a novice, indicating his commitment to learning and intellectual pursuits. In 1561, he obtained his bachelor's degree; in 1562, he received his Magister Artium, further demonstrating his academic achievements. Although he left the Jesuit Order, he continued his studies in theology, gaining a licentiate in theology. His theological background likely influenced the content and tone of the text in the Civitates Orbis Terrarum, adding a unique perspective to the work.

Frans Hogenberg (1535-1590)

Frans Hogenberg was a Flemish and German painter, engraver, and mapmaker. He was born in Mechelen as the son of Nicolaas Hogenberg.

By the end of the 1560s, Frans Hogenberg was employed upon Abraham Ortelius's Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, published in 1570; he is named an engraver of numerous maps. In 1568, he was banned from Antwerp by the Duke of Alva and travelled to London, where he stayed a few years before emigrating to Cologne. He immediately embarked on his two most important works, the Civitates, published in 1572 and the Geschichtsblätter, which appeared in several series from 1569 until about 1587.

Thanks to large-scale projects like the Geschichtsblätter and the Civitates, Hogenberg's social circumstances improved with each passing year. He died as a wealthy man in Cologne in 1590.

References: Van der Krogt 4 - #4517; Fauser - #14325; Taschen, Br. Hog. - p.198; Carmen Manso Porto (Spain) - p. 562-563, #242