11th edition : 9-10-11 March 2018
Participants 2018: Laurentius Old Master Prints & ThePrintsCollector
These are Laurentius Old Master Prints & ThePrintsCollector’s top items on this year’s edition of the Maastricht Antiquarian Book & Print Fair.
Please note that MABP 2018 has ended and that these items may already have been sold.
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[Hollar, Vaclav] – Dobra Koczka nera nemcla. Das ist eine gute Katze, die nicht nascht.
(It is a good cat that does not steal.) One of the famous and rare cat heads by Hollar. Etching / engraving on hand laid paper. Reference: Pennington 2109. The overall size is ca. 13.1 x 1.1 cm. The image size is ca. 13 x 18 cm.
Condition: Good, given age. Trimmed just outside plate mark, as is common with these prints. Some surface paper erosion, not effecting image.
Vaclav Hollar, known in England as Wenceslaus or Wenceslas and in Germany as Wenzel Hollar (1607-1677), was a renowned Bohemian etcher, who lived in England for much of his life. He was born in Prague, and died in London. His oeuvre is vast, but difficult to find in early impressions.
[Rembrandt] – Bust of an old man with long beard.
A nice 17th century impression.
Etching on hand laid paper. Watermark: No watermark present, but 17th. c. paper with narrow uneven chain lines. Originally published c. 1630. This appears to be a slightly later, 17th. c. impression with plate mark visible on all sides except bottom. State: 1st. state of 2. Reference: New Hollstein 65; Bartsch 291. The overall size is ca. 8.5 x 7.4 cm. The image size is ca. 8.4 x 7.3 cm.
Condition: Good, given age. Left bottom corner with small tear, which has been carefully attached and backed. Paper a bit thin in the lower edge, reinforced with some thin Japanese paper. Thin margins as is common.
Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669) is undoubtedly the most famous artist of the Dutch Golden age. He made a large oeuvre of prints throughout his life, which are famous sought after, particularly in early impressions.
[Drawing] – Untitled, ca. 1667.
Anonymous 17th century drawing of a woman leaning on a container behind a urinal.
Drawing in black and white chalk on blue hand laid paper. Watermark: Foolscap. Based on the watermark, datable around 1667-1669. The overall size is ca. 15.2 x 20.3 cm. The image size is ca. 15.2 x 20.3 cm.
Condition: Good, given age. No margins, on blue paper attached to hand laid carrier sheet, with hand drawn crayon border lines.
[Buhot, Felix] – Bronze Encrier.
Depiction of a Japanese bronze inkwell in the shape of a frog. From the set "Japonisme, dix eaux-fortes", published in 1883.
Etching on wove paper. State: Third state of 4. Ref: Bourcard 18. The overall size is ca. 22.6 x 30 cm. The image size is ca. 15.2 x 21 cm.
Condition: Very good, given age. Ample margins.
Felix Buhot (1847-1898) worked in Paris. He became known with his etchings and the extensive "remarques" on them.
[Rogg, Gottfried] – Podagra.
Pamphlet detailing the 20 advantages of Podagra (gout).
Etching on hand laid paper. Watermark: Large coat of arms. Published by Albrecht Schmidt ca. 1720. The overall size is ca. 34.4 x 42.5 cm.
Condition: good, given age. Ample margins, some folding and browning. Slight paper separation at fold paper edges, backed. Small hole at top margin, backed. Small tear at top right margin, backed, not effecting image.
Gottfried Rogg (1670-1743) worked in Augsburg.
[Troost, Cornelis] – Portrait of Hermanus Boerhaave.
Herman Boerhaave (1668-1738) was a Dutch botanist, chemist, Christian humanist, and physician of European fame.
Mezzotint engraving on hand laid paper. Extremely rare; the plate was in the possession of the family Boerhaave, who allegedly destroyed it after the death of Boerhaave. Ref: Niemeyer 37 p. The image size is ca. 10.2 x 12.9 cm.
Condition: Excellent, given age. Cut just outside the plateline, with pen corrections to margins and bottom, possibly done by Troost himself.
Cornelis Troost (1696-1750) was active in Amsterdam. He is seen as one of the most important dutch artist of the first half of the 18th century.
[Verkolje, Nicolaas] – Portrait of Carel Borchaert Voet.
Portrait of the still-life painter Carel Borchaert Voet. Very good and early proof impression of this rare print.
Mezzotint on laid paper. Watermark: Coat of arms with a French lily. State: Second state of 4 Ref: Wzb. 11. The overall size is ca. 21.7 x 27.6 cm. The image size is ca. 21.4 x 27.4 cm.
Condition: Very good, given age. Thread margins, small restoration in lower left corner.
Nicolaes Verkolje (1673-1746) was a Dutch Golden Age painter and mezzotint maker.
[Tempesta, Antonio] – Illustissimo et Reverendissimo d.d. Petro Cardinali Aldobrandino Menses XII Anni Solaris.
11 (of 12) prints depicting the months of the year.
Original etching/engraving on a verge type handlaid paper. This set is based on a set originally published in Rome, 1599 by Ioan Anthony de Pauli (Giovanni Antonio de Paoli; c. 1589-1630). Ref: Bartsch 1333-1341. This set are copies in reverse published by Pieter de Jode, in ca. 1630. They are not the series in reverse known as Months II (engraved by Sadeler). Paper has no watermark. The overall size is ca. 32.5 x 24.5 cm. The image size is ca. 27.5 x 20 cm.
Condition: Very good, given age. Left edges uneven from binding. Occasional small creases and tears in the margins, thumbing. 6 of the sheets with browned left edge. One print with paper damage in the left margin, backed with contemporary paper. This set lacks the December plate.
Engraved by Antonius Lucini. Published by Petrus de Jode.
Anton Francesco Lucini (1610-after 1661) was an Italian engraver and printmaker, best known for his etchings of the work Dell'Arcano del Mare by Sir Robert Dudley.
Petrus, or Pieter de Jode I (Antwerp: 1570-1634) was a Flemish Baroque painter and engraver. He learned drawing and engraving first from his father, the map maker Gerard de Jode, and later from Hendrik Goltzius.
[Borcht, Pieter van der] – Emblemata Sacra.
Emblemata Sacra, č praecipius utriusque Testamenti historiis concinnata […], anno 1653', by Hendrik Jansen Barrefelt (called Hiel). [N.pl.]: Iohanne Phlippi Schabaelie, 1653. Oblong 4to. [25 sheets text], [100 plates]. Half leather in slipcase. 19th century half morocco over marbled boards. Gilt titling and five raised bands to the spine. In full leather slipcase with gilt titling to the front. Both text and plates printed to one side of the sheet only.
The rare Barrefeldt illustrated Bible of the religious group: Second House of Love. Originally published by Christopher Plantin in 1581. The spiritual ideas of Heil were expressed in the fine series of engravings designed by Pieter van der Borcht. The plates inspired the remonstrants and liberal protestants of the Dutch Republic like Michiel Colijn, who was born in Antwerp and settled in Amsterdam as a publisher and bookseller in 1608. A smaller version of the Bible was first printed by Colijn in Dutch in 1613. Colin published several verions of this work, varying in format and plates. The verses were done by Petrus Sellius of Nijmegen. A later edition was published by Claes Jansz. Visscher. In 1653 the van der Borcht engravings were incorporated in a print bible by Johanne Philippi Schabaelie: 'Den Grooten Emblemata Sacra', which contained over 300 engravings. It is known however, that bibles were also printed to order. This specific edition contains the 100 engravings by van der Borcht, the title page and text pages. Bound in 19th c. morocco. The book appears to have existed as such by 1700, because an engraved Ex Libris of Petri Ludovici Danes, rector of the University of Leuven is present in front of the book. A note of 'Erven Mr. Ch. Enschedé is present as well which indicates this bible belonged to the Enschedé publisher family as well. Izaak Enschedé published an edition of the Hiel bible containing smaller oblong versions of the plates for his 'Bybelsche Figuren ..... ' in 1717. Perhaps this specific bible was owned by Izaak Enschedé at the time and used as example for the plates. As a result of the persecution of these religious groups, not only in the Catholic Southern Netherlands but eventually also in the Dutch Republic copies of all editions of Hiel's and Pieter van der Borcht's print-bibles are extremely rare, especially in such fine condition.
Very good, given age. The edges of the slipcase a little rubbed. Title page detached. Board edges minimally rubbed. Leather on the front outer hinge cracked, hinge still strong. Some scattered foxing, mainly in the text sheet margins. A restored tear in the top right margin of plate 75 (not affecting image). Lower right corner of plate 43 restored.
Author(s): Hendrik Jansen Barrefelt (Barneveld, ca. 1520 - ca. 1594, Cologne). The orginal House of Love was founded by Hendrik Niclaes (?-c.1580) and sought salvation in private spirituality. Around 1573 one of oldest followers Hendrik Jansen Barrefelt split off. His group with such followers as Christoffel Plantijn and his friends was called 'The Second House of Love'. Barrefelt considered himself a prophet and styled himself Hiel.
Illustrated by: Pieter van der Borcht (The Elder) (Mechelen, c. 1540 - 1608, Antwerp). Flemish etcher/engraver, active 1564-ca. 1600.
[Cortona, Pietro Berretini da] – Tabulae anatomicae a celeberrimo pictore Petro Berrettino Cortonensi.
Very rare complete set of 27 large anatomical engravings. The first twenty plates deal with muscles, nerves and blood vessels. 21-23 deal with the eye, brain and ear. Plate 24 represents the cutaneous veins and valves. Plate 25 deals with the spinal cord and column, while plate 26 shows three skeletons. The final plate is the only that shows a woman, as well as the uterus with a fetus.
Copperplate engraving on hand laid (verge) paper. Watermark: Lily (fleur-de-lis), not visible in every sheet. Originally published in Rome by Antonii de Rubeis, 1741. This edition Rome, 1788. Reference: Heirs of Hippocrates 470, Garrison 395.2. Rare. The overall size is ca. 31.5 x 46 cm. The image size is ca. 25.6 x 37.8 cm.
Condition: Very good, given age. Left edge uneven from binding, original binding holes. Margins lightly soiled and or damp stained. In a few of the sheets the impression is a little fuzzy. The first sheet quite darkened from soiling and with worn edges.
Engraved by Luca Ciamberlano after Pietro Berretini da Cortona.
Luca Ciamberlano (1580-1641) was an Italian painter and engraver, born at Urbino. In the early part of his life he applied himself to the study of civil law. He then abandoned the study of jurisprudence to devote himself to painting and engraving, particularly the latter. He became the leading graphic artist of his day.
Pietro da Cortona (1596-1669, born Berretini) was a leading Italian Baroque painter and one of the key figures in the development of Roman Baroque architecture.
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