"Praag", Halma, Francois
Subject: Prague, Czech Republic
Period: 1705 (published)
Publication: Algemeene Weereld-Beschryving…
Color: Hand Color
10.7 x 7.3 inches
27.2 x 18.5 cm
This panoramic view shows the city of Prague on both sides of the Vltava River, with several costumed figures walking in the foreground.
This view appeared in Algemeene Weereld-Beschryving, nae de Rechte Verdeeling der Landschappen, Plaetsen, Zeeën, Rivieren, &c. Geographisch, Politisch, Historisch, Chronologisch en Genealogisch, a Dutch edition of A. Phérotée de la Croix's Nouvelle Methode Pour Apprendre Facilement la Geographie Universelle, which first appeared in 1690. The Dutch edition was published by Francois Halma and included 98 maps and views. Halma acquired many of the plates for Algemeene Weereld-Beschryving from Joannes Ribbius, who had enlisted the services of engraver Antoine de Winter to make copies of the maps in Nicolas Sanson's quarto atlases of the four continents. De Winter made very few geographical changes and maintained the attribution to Sanson on the newly engraved plates. Halma supplemented the Sanson maps with about a dozen new maps engraved in the same style as Sanson's, without any attribution on the maps, as well as 23 panoramic views of famous cities around the world.
A sharp impression on paper with a fleur-de-lis coat of arms watermark, minor marginal soiling, and light toning along the edges of the sheet.