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Auction 138, Lot 589

"[Lot of 2] A General View of the City of Lisbon, the Capital of the Kingdom of Portugal… [and] Ruins of Lisbon After the Earth-Quake on the 1st Novbr. 1755",

Subject: Lisbon, Spain

Period: 1760 (circa)

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Color: Black & White

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A. A General View of the City of Lisbon, the Capital of the Kingdom of Portugal…, (11 x 6"). This is a panoramic view of the city of Lisbon with the Tagus River in the forefront which is filled with ships and boats. It illustrates the city as it appeared prior to the Great Lisbon Earthquake. Engraved by Benjamin Cole for John Barrow's New Geographical Dictionary.

B.Ruins of Lisbon After the Earth-Quake on the 1st. Novbr. 1755, (8.5" x 6"). The 1755 Lisbon earthquake was one of the strongest in history with an estimated magnitude between 8.5 to 9.0, and it brought almost total destruction to the city. The earthquake also had a significant impact on its colonial aspirations, as attention was focused on the obvious internal issues. This view is of the Opera House was engraved by Henry Roberts.

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Condition: B+

There is some minor show-through of pencil marks on verso of both sheets and a few tiny spots, else very good.

Estimate: $170 - $230

Sold for: $85

Closed on 12/7/2011

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