Sunday, 3 May 2020
Johann Theodor de Bry’s engravings, “Weapon Templates”, c.1590
Johann Theodor de Bry (aka Jan Dirk de Bry) (1561–1623)
Five engravings “Weapon Templates with Helmets and Leaf Tendrils, c.1590 from the series, “Emblemata Saecularia” (Secular Emblems), published by Johan Theodoor and Johan Israel de Bry (c.1565–c.1609) in 1596 in Frankfurt am Main.
Bayerische Staats Bibliothek offers images of many of the pages in “Emblemata Saecularia”:
Engravings on separate sheets of laid paper with small margins and backed upon a single support sheet.
Size of the lower-left engraving (for comparison of sizes): (sheet) 10.9 x 8.7 cm; (plate) 9 x 7.2 cm.
Hollstein Dutch 240–287 (F.W.H. Hollstein 1951, “Dutch and Flemish Etchings, Engravings and Woodcuts 1450–1700: Brun– Coques”, vol. 4, Amsterdam, Menno Hertzberger, p. 38, cat. nos. 240–287).
The Rijksmuseum offers a description of the upper right engraving:
Condition: strong impressions with small margins around the platemarks, laid upon a support sheet of archival (millennium quality) washi paper. There are pencil notations (recto) from an earlier collector below each engraving and the two upper-right prints have marks from use including a replenished chip (virtually invisible) to the left margin of the further right print.
I am selling this exceptionally rare set of five engravings with blank armorial escutcheons, for the total cost of AU$300 (currently US$192.69/EUR175.44/GBP154.23 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 these template designs from the late 1500s, please contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.