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Auction 100, Lot 377

"Pisa", Wit, Frederick de

Subject: Italy

Period: 1694 (circa)

Publication: Theatrum Praecipuorum Totius Europae Urbium

Color: Hand Color

16.5 x 13.2 inches
41.9 x 33.5 cm
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Very scarce and exquisite bird's-eye plan of Pisa. The detail is beautifully engraved so that the viewer can see the layout of the individual gardens, the magnificent cathedral, the water wells, and even the statue in the piazza. An inset view of the cathedral campanile shows the famous leaning tower that has become the present-day city's major attraction. The plan is embellished with strapwork cartouches for the title and key and a coat of arms. While many of the views in De Wit's Townbook were re-issues of Jansson's plates, this is one of his rare original works, signed in the plate as such.


Condition: A

Fabulous color and impression. Light mat burn and a few flaws in margins, which are very wide.

Estimate: $2,500 - $3,000


Closed on 9/12/2002