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Libellus novus politicus emblematicus civitatum pars septima ... [with] ... pars octava ...

MEISSNER Daniel (1678.)

£8500.00 

Oblong quarto (150 x 187 mm); two parts in one volume, part seven with engraved title-page and 89 engraved plates (of 100 - lacking plates 45-55) and part eight with 99 engraved plates (of 100 - lacking plate 51).

Contemporary vellum, manuscript spine title (a little soiled).

[Nuremberg:] Paulus Furst

Daniel Meissner (1585-1625) composed the Thesaurus Philo-Politicus, a famous collection of city plans and views depicting European, African and Asian towns. It was first published as Thesaurus Philo-Politicus. Das ist: Politisches Schatzkästlein guter Herren unnd bestendiger Freund in Frankfurt am Main by Eberhard Kieser in 1623. An expanded second edition was issued between 1624 and 1631, with this later edition published in 1678.

The finely executed plans and views of the many cities, villages, castles and monasteries are a fascinating record of many European towns before the devastation wrought by the thirty Years' War.

These two parts are focussed on Spain, France, Italy, Germany, Eastern Europe with African and Asian cities, including views of exotic towns such as Aden, Constantinople, Mombassa, Tunis, and Macau.

Meissner brought an unusual twist to the book, introducing satirical comments to the plates, and providing an emblematic context.

Praz pp. 417-420. 

Stock Code: 225859