Auction 153, Lot 514

"Olisippo. Lisabona", Merian, Matthaus

Subject: Lisbon, Portugal

Period: 1646 (circa)

Publication:

Color: Hand Color

Size:
14 x 10.9 inches
35.6 x 27.7 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: B+

A nice impression with attractive color on watermarked paper. There is very light toning and a few small spots. Narrow margins as issued.

Estimate: $450 - $550

Sold for: $325

Closed on 5/20/2015

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