Tags: allegory, france, meisner, montargis, narrow, straight, town, view
14.5 cm x 9.5 cm copperplate engraving, 18.5 cm x 14 cm sheet size, modern hand colour, Eberhard Kieser, Frankfurt, 1627. We are pleased to offer this scarce original print of a view of the French town of Montargis. From the monumental atlas of town views compiled by the poet Daniel Meisner and the publisher Eberhard Kieser. First published as Thesaurus Philopoliticus in 1623 and later known as the Sciographia Cosmica , this work is a fascinating combination of two popular genres – the Emblem Book and the Book of Town Plans, e. The Civitates of Braun and Hogenberg. Under Kieser’s supervision, the collection of town plans with allegorical imagery continued to be expanded after Meisner’s death in 1625, eventually comprising over 800 engravings in an edition published by Paulus Fürst in Nürnberg in 1678. This extraordinary collection of European town views features cities and towns from diverse countries and provides a fascinating window into the 17th century, all enhanced by emblematic imagery that is often cryptic, sometimes even bizarre but always unique and masterfully engraved. The print is a close copy of the 1572 Braun and Hogenberg view of the city created for the famous Civitates Orbis Terrarum and remarkably despite the considerably smaller format retains all of the detail of the Civitates plate. To get a sense of the minute precision of the engraving work consider that the entire image (not including verses) is contained in a 14 cm x 7 cm rectangle! Each engraving is distinguished by a motto above the image and epigrammatic verses (usually in Latin and German) beneath. The detail of the engraving work in these small prints is remarkable, and in this example is elegantly enhanced by exceptionally skilled hand colour work. Among the master engravers and illustrators that contributed to this series were the renowned Matthäus Merian. Johann Eckhard Löffler, Sebastian Furck, Georg Keller, Balthasar Schwan, Christian Stimmer and possibly Meisner himself, who conceived the work and contributed the verses. Meisner was born in what is now Chomutov in the Czech Republic (also known as Comothau or Komotau) but little is known about his life although the introduction to the work gives him the rather lofty title of “Poeta Laureatus”. The motto Rectum Per Dura Carpit Iter – loosely rendered as “Stay firmly on the straight and narrow” is echoed in the verses and with the imagery of the saw cutting precisely down the middle of the beam. Condition – Please note carefully: This 385-year-old print is in excellent condition as can be ascertained from photos, strong impression with prominent platemark on hand made laid paper, image area essentially pristine, minor creasing bottom margin extremities. Image shown somewhat enlarged for clarity, no text on verso. Welcome and we encourage you to visit our other auctions. Such charges are typically collected by the courier, e. Personal cheques will not be accepted. In response to frequent inquiries, please be advised that the terms. An image printed on a sheet of paper, and that all such items are unconditionally guaranteed to be original and authentic – we never offer reproductions. Please see our glossary. We conduct our business in accordance with the Code of Ethics. Some to beautify their halls, parlours and chambers… Maps begin as dreams, pass through a finite life in the world, and resume as dreams again.. Maps and Atlases Globes and Planetaria Historic Town Views and Plans Engravings, Woodcuts and Lithographs Books and Ephemera Scientific Instruments Curiosities and Oddities. The item “1627 Meisner Town View MONTARGIS France Straight and Narrow Saw Allegory” is in sale since Sunday, August 12, 2012. This item is in the category “Antiques\Maps, Atlases & Globes\Europe Maps”. The seller is “regiomontanus” and is located in Indianapolis, Indiana. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, South africa, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi arabia, Ukraine, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa rica, Dominican republic, Panama, Trinidad and tobago, Guatemala, El salvador, Honduras, Jamaica, China, Thailand, Antigua and barbuda, Aruba, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Saint kitts and nevis, Saint lucia, Montserrat, Turks and caicos islands, Barbados, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Brunei darussalam, Bolivia, Ecuador, Egypt, French guiana, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Cayman islands, Liechtenstein, Sri lanka, Luxembourg, Monaco, Macao, Martinique, Maldives, Nicaragua, Oman, Peru, Pakistan, Paraguay, Reunion.
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