Lovely old coloured town plan of Bristol from the landmark Braun & Hogenberg atlas of cities throughout the world entitled “Civitates Orbis Terrarum” first published in 1572. The plan, initially appearing in 1581, presents a detailed bird’s eye view of 16th century Bristol showing its protective walls, castle, churches and local residents in period clothing. The left side of the map contains a key identifying 15 important locations in the city. A description of the city appears verso in Latin. The map has some offsetting of the old colour; otherwise a strong dark impression with wide margins in very good condition. 34.5 cm x 43.5 cm