Etching: 'Stockholmia Metropolis Regni Sueciæ, et Sedes Regia qua parte Occidentem spectat' - Dahlberg, Perelle - Sweden - 18th century
Late 18th century framed etching behind glass based on the world famous 17th century topographical panoramic map of the Swedish capital Stockholm, titled 'Stockholmia Metropolis Regni Sueciæ, et Sedes Regia qua parte Occidentem spectat'. With the title standing between two elegant cartouches decorated with cherubs, the one on the left with a coat of arms, the one on the right with the bust of a queen, this rather rare etching shows the Swedish capital Stockholm as it appeared in the seventeenth century, with the boats in the foreground on the "Maler Lacus".
The original is an engraved plate from the collection Suecia Antiqua et Hodierna - 'Ancient and Present-Day Sweden', the largest topographical work ever published in Sweden. In 354 large engraved plates it shows cities and remarkable castles, sometimes a little more beautiful than their actual appearance. Publisher Erik Dahlberg (1625-1703), who had been inspired by Matthaeus Merian the Younger and his famous topographies during his military service in Germany, started the project in the 1660s. It was not completed until 1715 and the planned text was already never issued at all. The earliest 98 plates were engraved in Paris with drawings mainly by Adam Perelle, Jean Marot, Jean Le Pautre and Nicolas Perelle.
Status Report: In pretty good condition considering age and use
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