An attractive view of the city of Speyer on the left bank of the River Rhine between Mannheim and Karlsruhe. Founded by the Romans it is one of the oldest in Germany. The Cathedral dominates the skyline and hosts the tombs of eight German kings and Holy Roman Emporers. In the foreground is a fabulous image of a barge crossing the river containing a horse drawn carriage. Matthaus Merian began publishing the ‘Theatrum Europaeum’ in 1633, it was not finished until 1738 by which time 21 volumes had been issued including some 20,000 pages of text, 720 maps, plans, views and other engravings and nearly 700 portraits. Fauser A. 13203.