"Olisippo. Lisabona", Merian, Matthaus
Period: 1646 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
14.3 x 11 inches
36.3 x 27.9 cm
This lovely bird's-eye scene of Lisbon, viewed from the Tagus River, shows the city as it was before the 1755 earthquake that leveled much of the older parts of the city. The streets are filled with minutely engraved buildings; 34 points of interest are keyed to a table below. An astonishing variety of ships and boats parade across the foreground. Two coats of arms flank the title.
Printer's crease at center and a few minor printer's ink smudges.