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Antique maps > europe > spain and portugal > Antique map of Cadiz by Braun & Hogenberg
Gades ab Occiduis Insulae Partibus - Braun & Hogenberg, 1598.
ntique map - a view of Cadiz with two inset vignettes, dated 1564.
TRANSLATION OF CAPTION: Cadiz, seen from the western parts of the island.
COMMENTARY BY BRAUN (on verso): "Here can be seen in particular the skill of the inhabitants of Cadiz at catching fish. They wall off part of the sea with stones and rocks piled on top of each other, so that when the tide goes out they cannot escape and they can be caught very easily, even without a net, with the hands."
The plate shows Cadiz seen across the narrow peninsula from the Atlantic. In the foreground stands the chapel of St Sebastian. A group of fishermen has been included in order to illustrate the fishing method described in the text. Also visible at the lower edge is the figure of Hercules, the legendary founder of the city, suduing the Nemean Lion - in this instance even two. On the left, as a picture within a picture, Hoefnagel shows crews being enrolled for service on the galleys by the method of casting lots, and subsequently being taken on board. A bastion is included on the right as a symbol of Cadiz's military importance. (Taschen)
Above the left cartouche a "leopard dog" is shown, brought back from the West Indies in 1565, and above the right cartouche a Peruvian pica brought back in 1578.
At the top of the view a fish caught in Cadiz in 1564.
Size: 37 x 49cm (14.4 x 19.1 inches)
Verso text: Latin
Condition: Old coloured.
Condition Rating: A
References: Van der Krogt 4, 711; Taschen, Braun and Hogenberg, p.350
From: Civitates Orbis Terrarum, ... Part 5. Köln, 1598.
Item number: 21634
Price: 650 Euro
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