Belem Bethlehem Portugal 1719 charming miniature harbor view tall ships fortress
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Tour de Belem.- der Thurm Belem oder Bethlehem.


Issued Frankfort, Germany, 1719 for A.M. Mallet.

Charming early 18th century copper engraved urban print, with pleasing full hand color. Fine city view in near-miniature format, sailing ships in foreground.

The image has a near folk-art feel, a style unique to this historical era. Utterly unlike anything produced today and of modern aesthetic appeal for this reason.

Mostly clean and well preserved example, the image displays a fine patina.

Sheet measures c. 7 1/4" H x 6" W.

Printed area measures c. 5 1/2" H x 4" W.

Tooley's Dictionary of Mapmakers , v. 3. p.196