[Prospect of Chester.] Invidia Sibi Ipsi Nocens. Chester in Engelland.Tantum sibi non caeteris Livor nocet, Namass Invidus sua mandit interanea. Du mißgönst jederman sein glückh, Kanst es doch nicht treiben zu rückh. Neÿdhart sich selß am meisten plagt, Der ihm sein eigen hertz abnagt.
Copper Engraving. Plate 95 x 152mm. 3¾ x 6".
An unusual prosepct view of Chester; this view of the city was published in the 'Libellus Novus Politicus Emblematicus Civitatum'. The figure is a supposed to be a symbolic personification of envy; snakes instead of hair and biting into a human heart. The German text, a translation of the Latin, relates to this figure: "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".
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