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Tuesday 21 May 2019

Gerard Gauw's engraving of calligraphy, "Plate17" (1605), after Jan van de Velde I

Gerard Gauw (aka Gerrit Adriaensz. Gauw) (c1580–1638) after
Jan van de Velde I (1569–1623)

“Plate 17”, 1605, from the model book of 52 engraved plates of calligraphy (including the title and finis plates), “Deliciae variarum insigniumque scripturarum” (Delights of Various and Distinguished Scripts) published in 1649 by Willem Jansz. Blaeu (1571–1638) in Haarlem.

This publication and a description of its details may be view online or downloaded free-of-charge from

Details of this publication are also available from Hathi Trust:

Christie’s Auctions give many insights about this publication and advise that this is the “earliest and perhaps the rarest of Van den Velde's half-dozen writing books”; see:

Engraving on fine laid paper backed with a support sheet.
Size: (sheet) 14.9 x 18.5 cm; (plate) 10.5 x 15.7 cm.
Inscribed on plate with seven lines of cursive Italian text with flourishes and signed below the text: “Velde”
Numbered on plate at lower left corner: “17”.

Condition: a superb, richly inked and near faultless impression in museum quality/almost pristine condition (i.e. there are no tears, holes, folds, abrasions, stains, foxing or signs of use). The very fine sheet is laid upon a support sheet of archival (millennium quality) washi paper.

I am selling this small, rare and important masterpiece from the Dutch Golden Age, designed as a model for calligraphy students to copy, for AU$390 (currently US$268.17/EUR240.50/GBP211.19 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).

If you are interested in purchasing this supreme example of early calligraphy with serpentine flourishes on cursive Italian script, 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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