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The oldest obtainable printed view of Aden, with smaller views of 3 other African Harbors.
The harbors were among the most important ports along the Indian Ocean and were controlled by the Arabs and visited by the Vasco de Gama on his trip around the Cape of Good Hope and later sieged by the Dutch and English.
Georg Braun (1541-1622) was born and died in Cologne. His primary vocation was as Catholic cleric; he spent thirty-seven years as canon and dean at the church St. Maria ad Gradus, in Cologne. Braun was the chief editor of the Civitates orbis terrarum, the greatest book of town views ever published. His job entailed hiring artists, acquiring source material for the maps and views, and writing the text. In this role, he was assisted by Abraham Ortelius. Braun lived into his 80s, and he was the only member of the original team to witness the publication of the sixth volume in 1617.
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