[Colossus of Alexander the Great, Mount Athos,]Der Macedonische Berg Athos in gestalt eines Kiesen [...]
Engraving with very large margins, platemark 300 x 430mm (11¾ x 17"). Text in French and German; foxing to margins only.
Dinocrates' proposal to build a city dedicated to Alexander the Great on Mount Athos, with a colossal image of Alexander sculpted in its side. Alexander holds a building (standing for the city) in his left hand, while a river flows into the sea from above his right arm. The plan was never realized and Alexandria in Egypt was founded instead, as more fertile for cultivating grain. This scheme was recorded by Vitruvius, as stated here. Plate from Austrian architect Johann Bernard Fischer von Erlach's 'Entwurf einer historischen Architektur' ('Outline of Historical Architecture', first published 1721) , the first comparative architecture of all periods and nations.
[Ref: 33419] £320.00