Royal Court of Persia [Johannes KIP after STRUYS, 1676]



‘t Konincklycke Hof van Persien in Ispahan. – (The Royal Court of Persia in Isfahan). A view of the historical center of Isfahan in Iran. Isfahan was the capital of Persia at the time. The view locates both an English and a Dutch local accomodations, suggesting tight commercial relationships. Isfahan was historically also spelled Ispahan, Sepahan or Hispahan.

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‘t Konincklycke Hof van Persien in Ispahan.

Engraving on hand laid (verge) paper.
Sheet size: 29,5 x 20,7 cm. Image size: 28,6 x 19,1 cm.

From Jan Jansz. Struys’ “Drie Aanmerkelyke en seer Rampspoedige Reysen […]”, Amsterdam: Jan van Meurs / J. van Someren, 1676. The signed engravings of the book are all signed by J. Kip, although a C. Decker is also credited to have worked on the engravings. Ref: Tiele 1061; Howgego S185; Graesse VI, p. 513.

Made by Johannes Kip after Jan Janszoon Struys. Johannes Kip (Amsterdam, 1653 – 1722, London) was a Dutch draughtsman, engraver and art dealer, active in England. He was a pupil of Bastiaan Stopendaal (1636–1707). His earliest dated engravings are of 1672, and he supplied numerous plates for books published from that date onwards. The work for which Kip is best remembered are the topographical engravings of country mansions, which were published in 1708 as Britannia Illustrata. This book is among the most important English topographical publications of the 18th century. Jan Janszoon Struys (1630-1694) was a Dutch explorer and navigator. He made three long voyages to Africa, Southeast Asia and Japan, on which he published his ‘Drie Aanmerkelyke Reizen’ (1675).

Condition: Good, given age. Original middle fold, as issued, a small tear in the lower edge of the middle fold (backed). Left and right margins cropped close to the platemark. Margin and image edges a little soiled. General age-related toning and/or occasional minor defects from handling. Please study scan carefully.



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Dimensions 29 × 29 × 1 cm


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