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A Fine Paris View
MERIAN, M. [Frankfurt, 1654]
Prosp. Der Statt Parys… 1654. .
10 ½ x 31 ½ inches
Reinforced centerfold, else excellent condition.
Superbly realized panorama of Paris, showing it within the context of the surrounding countryside replete with windmills. It effectively recreates what the mid-17th century traveler would have seen on approaching the city from the northeast, at a distance of a few miles. This view is to be distinguished from Merian’s more common, earlier view that gives a more narrowly focused view of the city, as seen from the north. The legend below keys 44 locations to the view, including the Bastille and Notre Dame.