This view of Strasbourg was one of a minority of plates for which Jansson commissioned a new engraving for his townbooks, the majority being made up of Braun and Hogenberg’s Civitates original copperplates which were acquired by Jansson in 1653. Jansson’s own plates reflect the noticeably more austere style of the mid-17th century. In contrast to the large foreground figures of the Civitates, Jansson’s are dwarfed by the architecture. Most prominent are the cathedral with its 466-foot spire and the already impressive fortifications which Vauban would later transform.