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

(Portugal)


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

[R14974]