Auction 122, Lot 752

"Calechut", Meisner, Daniel

Subject: Calicut, India

Period: 1642 (circa)

Publication: Sciographia Cosmica

Color: Black & White

5.8 x 3 inches
14.7 x 7.6 cm

Wonderful, miniature copper engraving depicting Arion riding on a very cheerful looking sea monster in Calechut harbor with beautifully engraved ships nearby. The Latin title at top translates to "Music from the Stars Soothes the Sea Monster." The city of Calcutta is shown in the background, with truly exceptional detail of the buildings, elephants, palm trees and landscape. This engraving is based on Braun & Hogenberg's engraving of 1572, however their version did not have the sea monster, which seems to be a purely whimsical element. Meisner's book of city plans was originally issued in 1623 with only 52 plates. In 1624-6, it was re-issued with 416, and again in 1642 with 800 plates. This is from the 1642 edition.


Condition: A

A nice impression on a sheet with a hit of marginal foxing.

Estimate: $150 - $200

Sold for: $110

Closed on 12/5/2007