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|Title||Brightstowe in Engelland [Bristol]|
|Size||Image 92 x 140 mm, Plate 94 x 142 mm, Sheet 134 x 172 mm|
|Notes||A bird's-eye plan of Bristol drawn from Braun & Hogenberg's view. The scene in the foreground includes a monkey drinking from a large flagon with a hunter on the opposite hill taking aim at the monkey.|
From Daniel Meisner's Sciographia Cosmica published by Paulus Furst (1638-78).
Inscription above image reads: Multi Ab Ebrietate Seducuntur [Many are seduced by drunkenness]. Inscribed beneath image with a German verse warning that too much ale leads to drunkenness and man dies from intemperance.
Meisner's emblem book, containing over 800 pictorial-poetic compositions, was enormously popular throughout Europe in the 17th century. The plan views were based on the work of De Bry, Braun & Hogenberg, Merian and others with the addition of emblematic figures or scenes in the foreground, juxtaposed with moralising and edifying verses beneath the image and a Latin motto at top. It was originally issued with 52 plates as the Thesaurus philo-politicus in 1623-24. After Meisner's death in 1625, Eberhard Kieser, with assistance from Johann L. Gottfried, completed the work and published it until 1631. The plates then appeared in the eight parts of Sciographia Cosmica published by Paulus Furst between 1638-78. The plates for these editions were renumbered alpha-numerically in the upper right corners - A-H (identifying the 8 parts) and 1-100 (plate number). They were finally issued in 1700 and 1704 in Rudolf J. Helmer's Politica-politica.