Geneva Switzerland 1687 rare birds-eye view engraved title page cherubsBrian DiMambro- Antiquarian Books, Maps & Prints
The History of Geneva.
(Switzerland- city view- birds-eye perspective- prospect view.
Issued 1687, London, for Bernard White.
Charming 17th century copper engraved prospect birds-eye view seen below two cherubs holding a title banner aloft below the city seal.
Delightful ornamental and well engraved title page to a very rare and expensive topographical and historical book, the background showing a splendid small near miniature birds-eye view of the city.
The image has a near folk-art feel, a style of cartographic image quite unique to this time in history. Utterly unlike anything produced today and of modern aesthetic appeal for this reason.
Sheet measures c. 10 3/4 " H x 6 3/4 " W.
Printed area measures c. 8 5/8" H x 5 1/4 " W.
Tooleys Dictionary of Mapmakers , v. 4.