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Puzzle Valencia


In 1704 the architect, mathematician, philosopher, and cosmographer Tomás Vicente Tosca executed a detailed survey of the city of Valencia. At that time the city was going through a particularly prosperous period and the local power needed to plan its growth. Tosca took four years to finish a large-size map (285×210 cm) drawn with ink and lightly coloured with watercolour and pencil. Tosca’s map was uncopied until it was engraved by the architect and painter José Fortea, taking more than three decades to produce the four copper sheets that would allow, in 1738, the printing of a smaller version of the plan (represented in this puzzle), with a more concise graphic representation and a single colour. Nevertheless, some of the characteristics of the original version are maintained, such as the use of isometric representation (a common technique in military plans of the time), the listing of the important buildings in the city and a double graphic scale, in Valencian palms and feet.

Number of pieces: 540

Dimensions: 35 x 50 cm

Box dimensions: 8 x 8 x 28cm

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