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Auction 180, Lot 484

"Olisippo. Lisabona", Merian, Matthaus

Subject: Lisbon, Portugal

Period: 1638 (circa)


Color: Black & White

14.3 x 11 inches
36.3 x 27.9 cm
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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.

References: Shirley (BL Atlases) G.MERI-23a #85.

Condition: B+

A nice example with very light soiling and a hint of toning along centerfold and edges of sheet. Narrow side margins, as issued, with professional repairs to some minute chips and tears along the edges of the sheet.

Estimate: $200 - $230

Sold for: $375

Closed on 11/18/2020