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1630 - Antique print, titled: 'Res est defendere acutum.' - (It is to defend the knife). A bird's eye view of Den Bsoch with Sint-Janskathedraal (Sint Johns Cathedral) near the river Dieze (the Netherlands), with in the foreground a dog and hedgehog on a book with sword. This delicate engraving originates from 'Thesauri Philo-Politici' / 'Thesaurus Philopoliticus' / 'Politisches Schatzkastleins'. This work was originally created in the period 1623-1632 and consisted of 16 parts, first published separately and then together in 2 books of 8 parts ea. Altogether it had 830 prints. Later editions were published in 1637-1638 by Paul Furst (titled 'Sciographia Cormica') and in 1678 by his widow (titled:'Sciagraphia Cosmica'). Complete editions are scarse. The primary objective was the poetry and accompanying emblems with a moralising symbolism. The city views were secondary and mainly served for decoration. There is no particular tie between the poetry and the city. The city views were mostly engraved after popular engravings at the time from the works of Guicciardini, Braun/Hogenberg, Munster and others. The Poetry consists of a aphorism or theme in German or Latin at the top, a 2 line relating poem in Latin below the image and a 4 line relating poem in German below. In the engravings there is always a foreground which illustrates the theme and a city view in the background. Etching / engraving on hand laid (verge) paper. Made by an anonymous engraver after 'Daniel Meisner'. Author: Daniel Meisner (1585-1625) was a Bohemian / German poet. Very good, given age. Small stain in lower right. Narrow right margin, remargined with contemporary paper and consolidated with archival tape. General age-related toning and/or occasional minor defects from handling. Please study scan carefully. The overall size is ca. 16.5 x 11.9 cm. The image size is ca. 14.5 x 9.5 cm. The overall size is ca. 6.5 x 4.7 inch. The image size is ca. 5.7 x 3.7 inch. Storage location: C280-15
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