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Title: Constantino del.
This uncommon miniature engraving of Constantinople is filled with incredible detail for such a small view. The view is a condensed version of Matthaus Merian's famous view of the city. Meisner's charming little plans are meticulously engraved, and they always have a Latin motto at the top, followed by emblematic verses (in Latin and German) beneath the view. His book of city plans (Thesauras Philo-Politicus…) was originally issued in conjunction with publisher Eberhard Kieser in 1623 with only 52 plates. It was re-issued in 1624-6 with 416 views. After Meisner's death this series continued to be expanded under Kieser's supervision, eventually comprising over 800 plates with the title changed to Sciographia Cosmica; published in 1642 and reissued in 1678.     (id:86035/125-717)
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Daniel Meisner

Turkey, Istanbul
1642/3.0" x 5.5"  (7.7 x 14.0 cm)
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Sciographia Cosmica

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Old World Auctions
Auction No. 125 - Antique Maps, Charts, Atlases & Globes
717

09/2008

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