Crispijn de Passe the Elder (aka Crispin de Passe; Crispijn van de Passe) (1564–1637)
(Upper image) “Plate 8: Council of the Gods of War” (aka “Concilium Divum belli ...”) and (lower) “Plate 2: Agamemnon Dreams of Jupiter” (aka “Jupiter in somnis Agamemnona…”), 1613, from the series of 24 engraved illustrations to Isaac Hilaire de la Rivière’s (fl.c.1613) account of Homer’s “Iliad” (8th century BC), “Speculum heroicum principis omnium temporum poëtarum Homeri : id est, argumenta xxiiij librorum Iliados in quibus veri principis imago poëticè, elegantissime exprimitur = les XXIIII livres d'Homere reduict en tables demonstratives figures”, published in Utrecht by Joannem Janssonium (1588–1664) in 1613.
Archive.org offers an online view of this publication with these prints in their context: https://archive.org/details/speculumheroicum00hill/page/n40/mode/1up; https://archive.org/details/speculumheroicum00hill/page/n27/mode/2up.
Engravings on laid paper, each trimmed with a narrow margin around the image borderline (with loss of the text lines below the image) and backed with separate support sheets.
Size: (sheet) 7.4 x 12.4 cm / 7.5 x 12.6 cm: (image borderline) 7.2 x 12.2 cm / 7.2 x 12.3 cm.
Condition: both impressions are strong and in near pristine condition with no tears, holes, folds, abrasions, significant stains or foxing and laid upon separate supports of archival (millennium quality) washi paper.
I am selling this pair of rare engravings by one of the finest engravers of the Dutch Golden Age, for the total cost of AU$364 for the pair (currently US$276.93/EUR231.62/GBP198 at the time of this listing) including postage and handling to anywhere in the world, but not (of course) any import duties/taxes imposed by some countries.
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