Auction 124, Lot 488

"Olisippo. Lisabona", Merian, Matthaus

Subject: Portugal

Period: 1646 (circa)

Publication:

Color: Hand Color

Size:
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.

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Condition: A

Printer's crease at center and a few minor printer's ink smudges.

Estimate: $375 - $450

Sold for: $550

Closed on 5/7/2008

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