ALEXANDRIA: Heliogabalus. Alexandria
Place and Year: Löbau 1788
Technique: Copper engraving and text sheet (slightly age-toned, tiny worm holes in white margins, otherwise in a good condition), image:19 x 14,5 cm
Very rare view shows Alexandria in Egypt with and a portrait of the Roman Emperoer Elagabalus (c. 203 – 222) in the upper part, accompanied with a text sheet with descriptions.
The copper engraving was issued in a 18th century newspaper Der privilegierte Churfürstlich-Sächsische Postilion. The newspaper was issued in the city Löbau in Saxonia in Germany, today close to the Czech and Polish border, from 1785 on. It included news from the world and articles on history and geography, illustrated with inserted copper engravings. Postilion was published under different variations of the name to 1945.
All prints from Postilion, especially from the early editions, are extremely rare.