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When  the  Greatest  were  at  Home  there

Amsterdam. General view from the seaside with countless ships before & in the harbor. With two coats of arms. Engraving by Caspar Merian (Frankfort on the Main 1627 – Holland 1686) printed from 2 plates. (1654.) 21 x 71 cm.

Caspar Merian, Amsterdam

The  marvelous  panoramic  view

explained by 24 object marks is one of the most wanted ones from Merian’s Topography, here from the volume of the Netherlands published by Matthäus’ youngest son Caspar. – With the inevitable folds, otherwise very fine, wide-margined impression.

The value of Merian’s views for once based on their natural depiction recorded on the spot, then on their careful execution in the plate. This all though has to be “estimated all the higher as the turmoil of the Thirty Years’ War … caused the greatest difficulties”.
Offer no. 8,581 / EUR  1176. / export price EUR  1117. (c. US$ 1451.) + shipping


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