City View, Rome, Muenster
Rome. - "Die statt Rom in aller weldt bekant contrafhetung nach ietziger gelegenheyt"
View of Rome from a half bird's eye position. Early depiction of the Eternal City, even before St. Peter in the Vatican was built in the presently known architecture.
On reverse side of print we have the descriptive keys for various buildings.
"C" is St. Peter in the state before the state we all know. Woodcut.
Published in "Cosmographia" by Sebastian Muenster (1488-1552) German edition.
First edition of this print, still with misspelling in title: "contrafhetung" instead of ãcontrafehtung"
This 470 year old woodcut is very well preserved. There are some traces of age and use, such as age toning, two (mirrored) foxing spots left and right along lower centerfold, repairs in lower margin.
Reverse side has text print and key for marked buildings on the view.
Image: 33,8 x 35,7 cm (ca. 13.3 x 14")
Sheet size: 29,5 x 39,5 cm (ca. 11.6 x 15.5")