Copperplate engraving and etching combination on verge type hand laid paper. on paper.
Size in cm: The overall size is ca. 6.7 x 6 inch. The image size is ca. 5.5 x 3.7 inch.
City: ‘Rijssel’ (The city of Lille in northern France.). Theme: ‘Fraus et ubique dolus.’ (Fraud and tricks are everywhere, as 2 men pull for justice. Atributes of justice, scale and sword are lying on the ground.) Edition: 1626. 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.Artists and Engravers: The authors of this work are Daniel Meisner (1585-1625) and Eberhart Kieser (1583-1631). Meisner was a Bohemian / German poet. Kieser a German publisher and engraver. Kieser probably engraved some of the plates himself , but he also used other well known engravers: Sebastian Furck, Georg Keller, Johann Eckard Loffler and Matthias Merian the elder.
Condition: Fine. General age related toning and light staining from handling. Small tear in top margin, backed. Nice dark early impression.
Keywords: ANTIQUE PRINT-LILLE-FRANCE-JUSTICE-FRAUD-MEISNER