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Old Maps and Aerial Photographs of Chester

meisner's view of Chester 1620
Daniel Meisner's View of Chester: 1620

Appearing ten years after John Speed's map of Chester, this view of the city by Daniel Meisner was published in the Libellus Novus Politicus Emblematicus Civitatum.
The curious figure in the foreground is a symbolic personification of envy; snakes instead of hair- she is biting a human heart and holds a coiled serpent in her left hand. The German lines at the bottom- a translation of the Latin above- say, "Thou enviest every man his happiness and yet thou canst not prevent it. The envious man torments himself the most, by perpetually gnawing his own heart."

On to A Prospect of the City of Chester 1728

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