"Amara in Africa", Meisner, Daniel
Subject: Northern Africa
Period: 1638 (published)
Publication: Sciographia Cosmica
Color: Hand Color
6 x 4 inches
15.2 x 10.2 cm
A flock of doves perched on a lance are in the foreground of this view of the ancient north African city of Amara, illustrating the Latin motto, Ex bello pax (From war, peace).
Meisner's emblem book, containing over 800 pictorial-poetic compositions, was enormously popular throughout Europe in the 17th century. The plan views were based on the work of De Bry, Braun & Hogenberg, Merian and others with the addition of emblematic figures or scenes in the foreground, juxtaposed with moralizing and edifying verses beneath the image and a Latin motto at top. It was originally issued with 52 plates as the Thesaurus philo-politicus in 1623-24. After Meisner's death in 1625, Eberhard Kieser, with assistance from Johann L. Gottfried, completed the work and published it until 1631. The plates then appeared in the eight parts of Sciographia Cosmica published by Paulus Furst between 1637-78. The plates for these editions were renumbered alphanumerically in the upper right corners - A-H (identifying the 8 parts) and 1-100 (plate number). They were finally issued in 1700 and 1704 in Rudolf J. Helmer's Politica-politica.
Minor soiling in the blank margins.