FIRE OF LONDON.
A True Pourtraict with a Brief Description Of that Deplorable Fire of London. Befallen the 12, 13, 14, 15, and 16 Sept. 1666. Amsterdam: Marcus Willemsz Doornick, [1666-70].
Broadside with large copper-engraving, letterpress descriptions in Dutch, French & English in 4 columns below, 500 x 532 mm (sheet size). Few creases lightly reinforced on verso, still very fine. Matted and framed.
RARE AND BEAUTIFUL CONTEMPORARY BIRDS-EYE VIEW OF THE DEVASTATING FIRE OF LONDON. The vantage point is the relative safety of the south bank of the Thames, looking north over Southwark Cathedral and the Globe Theater, over the old London Bridge to the city of London in flames. A key to the major London landmarks is provided in Dutch. Huge clouds of smoke billow out, nearly obscuring the sun. The broadside references the fact that some Dutch and French were arrested in London on suspicion of arson. Ironically, the financial damage of the fire was so great that it emptied the coffers of King Charles II and he was forced to make peace with the Dutch and the French within the year.