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Title Page of the Drama, Peace-Wishing Germany, by Johann Rist (1647)
This is the title page of Peace-Wishing Germany, a drama written by the Northern German poet and Lutheran preacher Johann Rist (1607-67). Germany is depicted as a battered woman who, threatened from all sides, cries to the heavens for peace. A town burns in the background. In the foreground, a Turk lingers in the shadows with his sword raised. Copperplate engraving, unknown artist, 1647.