Dutch artist Caspar Luyken (1672-1708) (son of Jan Luyken) collaborated with Nürnberg publisher Christoph Weigel to produce 101 costume plates which centre primarily around the upper echelons from the Viennese Court of Leopold I. There are also a fair number of slightly more outlandish engravings devoted to Egyptians, Turks, Tartars and other other exotic types.
The preface to the book was written by Abraham a Sancta Clara (as seen in the last post in relation to his Judas book) - getting the spelling of his name correct delivers up more accessible information about this curious fellow.
"In 1677 Sancta Clara was appointed the Imperial Court preacher in Vienna. He was known for his rabid anti-Semitism as well as his hatred of the Ainfidel Turks. In the introduction to the Neu-eröffnete Welt-Galleria Sancta Clara states that one should study this volume so as to be able to differentiate one class from another. Furthermore, Sancta Clara inveighs against those individuals who dress themselves in the clothes of other nations. Despite Sancta Clara's vituperative attitudes, the images in this volume are decidedly neutral, neither mocking nor caricaturing the subjects."
- 'Neu eröffnete Welt-Galleria' (Newly Opened World Gallery) 1703, is available from Herzog August Bibliothek.
- The images above are all cropped and most were cleaned up to an extent. There are a few more I didn't post in this webshots album.
- Previously: The People of the World in 1723.