Marcus Gheeraerts I (aka Marc Garrard; Marcus Geraerts; Marc Gerards; Marcus Gheraerts) (1516/21–c1590)
“t'Peert ende hert”, c1567, from a series of 108 etchings published in Bruges by Pieter de Clerck (fl.1567) as an illustration to page 140 in Eduwaert de Dene's (1555–1639) edition of Aesop's Fables, "De Warachtighe Fabulen der Dieren" (The Truthful Fables of the Animals) (1567) with letterpress text verso.
The Curator of the British Museum offers the following information regarding later editions of Gheeraerts illustrations for Aesop's Fables:
“The second edition counts 107 plates without a date. A third edition of 122 plates was published by Christoffel Plantijn in 1579 titled ‘Mythologia ethica’. The fourth edition was published by de Vries in Amsterdam in 1617 as an illustration to Vondel's ‘Vorstelijke varande dieren’. (https://www.britishmuseum.org/collection/object/P_1868-0612-113)
Etching on fine laid paper trimmed with a narrow margin around the image borderline, backed on a support sheet.
Size: (sheet trimmed unevenly) 9.8 x 11.6 cm; (outer image borderline) 9.5 x 11.5 cm.
The British Museum offers the following description of this print:
“'The horse and the rat'; a hunter on a horse aims his spear at a deer; the deer is running into the woods; Dutch letterpress on verso; illustration to Eduwaert de Dene's edition of Aesop's Fables, "De Warachtighe Fabulen der Dieren" (Pieter de Clerck, Bruges: 1567). c.1567 Etching”
Condition: a superb early impression, trimmed close to the image borderline and laid upon an archival support sheet of millennium quality washi paper. There is a hole below the front leg of the horse, otherwise, the sheet is in a good condition for its considerable age with no significant stains or foxing.
I am selling this very beautiful etching executed by an early pioneer of etching at a time when book-illustrations were primarily woodcuts or engravings, for AU$329 (currently US$244.34/EUR201.48/GBP181.83 at the time of this listing) including Express Mail (EMS) postage and handling to anywhere in the world, but not (of course) any import duties/taxes imposed by some countries.
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