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Late Sixteenth-Century Map of Lisbon, Portugal

Jollain's representation of New Amsterdam [item 29] was based on an image of Lisbon that was originally published about 1598 in part five of the first comprehensive collection of European town plans and views, Georg Braun and Franz Hogenberg's Civitates Orbis Terrarum (Cologne, 1572-1618, 6 volumes). The popularity of this image is reflected in its republication in a number of other atlases during the seventeenth century. One such example, which is shown here, was published in Pierre d'Avity's Neuwe Archontologia Cosmica (Frankfurt am Main, 1646), about twenty-five years before Jollain issued his fictitious view of New Amsterdam.

This view portrays Lisbon at the height of its prosperity during the Age of Discovery and Exploration. Clearly evident are the medieval street pattern shaped by a hilly terrain, the castle and cathedral dominating the city's skyline, and a busy port filled with ocean-going vessels.

"Olisippo. Lisabona," from Pierre d'Avity. Neuwe Archontologia Cosmica. Franckfurt am Man: M. Merian, [1646?]. Engraving. Geography and Map Division, Title Collection, Portugal-Lisbon (view) (30).


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Late Sixteenth-Century Map of Lisbon, Portugal