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Friday 4 November 2022

Jan Sadeler I’s engraving, “Landscape with a Hunter Aiming His Bow at a Bird”, c1599, after Hans Bol

Jan Sadeler I (aka Johann Sadeler; Johannes Sadeler) (1550–1600)

“Landscape with a Hunter Aiming His Bow at a Bird” (TIB title], c1599, published in Vencie, after a lost drawing by Hans Bol (aka Jan Bol) (1534–1593) with lettered Latin text by Andrea Alciati (aka Andreas Alciatus) (1492–1550), copied after “Emblemata” (Venice, 1599) (see

Engraving on laid paper with partial “Sun” watermark.

Size: (sheet) 24.4 x 35.2 cm; (plate) 22 x 26.7 cm; (image borderline) 19.4 x 26.6 cm.

Inscribed in plate along lower edge within the image borderline: (left of centre) “Ioa Sadeler sculpsit Venetijs”; (right) “I. Bol.”

Lettered in three columns of two lines of Latin below the image borderline: “Dum turdos visco, pedica dum fallit alaudas,/ Et iacta altivolam figit harundo gruem,// Dipsada no prudens auceps pede perculit, ultrix/ Illa mali, emissum virus ab ore inacit.// Sic obot extento qui Sydera respicit arcu,/ Securus fati quod iacet ante pedes./ And. Alciat.”

State i (of i)

TIB 7001.519 (Isabelle de Ramaix 2003, “The Illustrated Bartsch”, vol. 70, Part 3 [Supplement], New York, Abaris Books, p. 129, cat. no. [7001].419); Hollstein (Johann Sadeler I) 563 (Dieuwke de Hoop Scheffer [comp.] 1980, “Dutch and Flemish Etchings, Engravings and Woodcuts ca. 1450–1700: Aegidius Sadeler to Raphael Sadeler II: text”, vol. 21, Amsterdam, Van Gendt & Co, p. 176, cat. no. 563); Le Blanc 185; Edquist, p. 207, no. 41a.

The Rijksmuseum offers the following description of this print: (transl.) “Hilly landscape with farms. To the right a covered wagon wading through the river. In the foreground left, a hunter tries to shoot a bird. However, he is bitten in the foot by a snake. This is the depiction of an emblem where the moral of the story teaches that pride comes before a fall. The print has a Latin caption with the caption of the emblem Qui Alta Contemplantur Cadere by Andrea Alciati.” (

Condition: a strong and well-printed (near faultless) impression in an excellent/near pristine condition for its age with no tears, holes, folds, abrasions or significant stains.

I am selling this sensitively executed and very beautiful engraving by one of the most famous of the Flemish old masters, for AU$305 (currently US$193.70/EUR198.01/GBP172.53 at the time of posting this print) including Express Mail (EMS) postage and handling to anywhere in the world, but not (of course) any import duties/taxes imposed by some countries.

If you are interested in purchasing this illustration of the fable of the “Bird Catcher and the Serpent” with the moral that pride comes before a fall, please contact me ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

This print has been sold

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