• Author: Matthäus Merian
  • Date: 1655
  • Medium: Copperplate engraving
  • Condition: Excellent
  • Inches: 18 1/2" x 14"
  • Centimeters: 47.44 x 35.90
  • Price: Sold

PARIS, Frankfurt.

Between 1642 and 1688, Matthäus Merian (1593-1650) and sons published Martin Zeiller’s Topographia Germaniae, with more than 2,000 plates etched and engraved by himself and his sons Matthäus and Caspar. The work shows in great detail more than 2,000 views of remarkable cities, monasteries and castles, it is still regarded as one of the most important works of geographical illustration.

Paris is shown from a bird's-eye perspective. In the 16th century, under Henry IV, the city was transformed into a splendid capital. The ramparts along the canal on the left edge of the city have been recently built. The urban layout within the city walls is illustrated very clearly, as is the Seine flowing around the Île de la Cité with the Sainte-Chapelle, the palace chapel. During the reign of Philip IV (Philip the Fair) the Tour d'Argent and Tour de César gatetowers and the Tour de l'Horloge clock tower were built. The city numered some 200,000 inhabitants. Just beyond the city wall at far edge of the city is the large Fort la Bastille. On a fictive hill, five people clad in typical contemporary dress are shown from an idealized viewpoint.
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