This attractive rare view of Nonsuch Palace in Surrey was published in Daniel Meisner’s ‘Thesaurus Philo-Politicus’. Published in 1623-30 it ranks among the classic collections of city views alongside those of Munster, Braun and Hogenberg and Merian. Text is supplied by J. L. Gottfried and the plates by Mathias Merian, Sebastian Furck and G. Keller. Each scene displays a foreground message embodying a moral explained below in Latin and German verse. Meisner was born in Chomutov in what is now the Czech Republic but little is known of his life. The introduction to this work cites him as a ‘Poeta Laureatus’. An example of the second state as published c.1640, a letter is placed before the pagination upper right. Nonsuch Palace was built by Henry VIII from 1538. Charles II gave it to his mistress Barbara, the Countess of Castlemaine, who pulled the house down in 1682-83 to use the building materials to pay off her gambling debts. Landwehr no. 426.