Lovely old coloured plan of Jerusalem from the landmark Braun & Hogenberg atlas of cities throughout the world entitled “Civitates Orbis Terrarum” first published in 1572. The plate, initially appearing in 1575, displays a bird’s-eye view of the city from the east as seen from the Mount of Olives. The image appears to be based on a drawing by Venetian artist Domenico dalle Greche, who made a pilgrimage to the Holy Land in 1546. At the bottom right there is a key that identifies 48 points of interest, the majority of which refer to Christian sites and traditions. At top is a Latin verse from the Prophet Eekiel and, as usual with maps from this atlas; inhabitants of the city are shown at the bottom in period dress. The map, which is a beautifully coloured example with full wide margins, is a strong dark impression on heavy stable paper in excellent condition. 33 cm x 41.5 cm