GEHRIG, Johann Martin. Gott ist die Reinste Liebe WITH FINE FORE-EDGE PAINTING – EARLY FINE VIEW OF HOBART
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WITH FINE FORE-EDGE PAINTING - EARLY FINE VIEW OF HOBART
GEHRIG, Johann Martin. Gott ist die Reinste Liebe. Wursburg: 1825. 12mo. pp. 236, . With half-title, frontispiece and one plate. Contemporary full green morocco, covers framed by a single gilt fillet and gilt draped curtain border. Flat spine divided into six panels, title in gilt on red morocco label in the second, the remainder elaborately tooled in gilt with birds, lyre and flowers; green end-papers. Society of Jesus label on front pastedown. Fine fore-edge painting of an early view of Hobart, Australia, looking across the river Derwent estuary from Bellerive, with boats, houses, forests and Mount Wellington in the background, inscribed ‘Hobart 1830.’ A very attractive copy.
Founded in 1804 as a British penal colony, Hobart is the capital and most populous city of the Australian island state of Tasmania [Van Diemen’s Land]. Hobart is Australia’s second oldest capital city after Sydney, New South Wales. Prior to British settlement, the Hobart area had been occupied for possibly as long as 35,000 years by the semi-nomadic Mouheneener tribe, a sub-group of the Nuennone, or South-East tribe. The city is located in Tasmania’s south-east on the estuary of the River Derwent, making it the most southern of Australia’s capital cities. Its skyline is dominated by the 1,271- metre (4,170 ft) Mount Wellington, and its harbour forms the second-deepest natural port in the world, with much of the city’s waterfront consisting of reclaimed land.
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