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Tuesday 15 September 2020

Crispijn de Passe the Elder’s engraving, “Andromede”, 1602, after Maarten de Vos

Crispijn de Passe the Elder (1564–1637)

Andromede” (aka “Perseus and Andromeda”), 1602, after Maarten de Vos (aka Marten de Vos; Maerten de Vos) (1532–1603), plate 44 from the series, “Metamorphoses of Ovid” (aka “Metamorfosen van Ovidius”), initially published by Crispijn de Passe the Elder in Cologne (1602–1604). This impression is from the 1621 edition published in Paris by Veuve de Mathieu Guillemot, Samuel Thiboust and Matthieu Guillemot in “Les Metamorphoses d'Ouide: de nouueau traduites en françois, et enrichies de figures chacune selon son subiet: avec XV discours, contenans l'explication morale des fables”, p. 118, with reduction to the size of the printing plate and removal of the Latin distychs—but note that there are still remnants of the tops of letters from the original text still visible.

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Engraving on laid paper with letterpress text verso, trimmed around the borderline surrounding the platemark and backed with a support sheet.

Size: (sheet) 9.6 x 15.1 cm; (platemark) 7.6 x 13.1 cm.

Letterpress text above the platemark: (centre) “ANDROMEDE.”

Inscribed on plate: (upper-left corner) “CVP” (monogram of Crispijn de Passe); (lower-left corner) “Martin de Voss inuentor”; (lower right) “Crispin de Passe fecit”.

Lifetime impression published in the 1621 edition (based on the quality of the line showing very little wear to the plate and comparison to the slightly worn impression from the same edition held by the Gettly Museum (see link to

Hollstein (de Passe) 852 (Karel Gerard Boon 1964, “Dutch and Flemish Etchings, Engravings and Woodcuts ca. 1450–1700: Van Ostade–De Passe”, vol. 15, Amsterdam, Menno Hertzberger en Co, p. 287, cat. no. 852) ; Hollstein (Vos) 1571 (Christiaan Schuckman [comp.] 1996, “Dutch and Flemish Etchings, Engravings and Woodcuts ca. 1450–1700: Maarten de Vos: text”, vol. 44, Rotterdam, Sound and Vision Rijksprentenkabinet, pp. 307–308, cat. no. 1571).

The Rijksmuseum offers the following description of this print:

“Andromeda, the daughter of an Ethiopian king, is chained to a rock. In the background, Perseus defeats the sea monster in order to come and rescue Andromeda”


Condition: richly inked and well-printed impression trimmed slightly unevenly around the letterpress border and title with letterpress text verso and laid onto a support of archival (millennium quality) washi paper. The sheet is in excellent condition with no tears, holes, folds, abrasions, stains, foxing.

I am selling this small but visually arresting engraving full of theatrical drama and shimmering light exemplifying the period style of Mannerism, for AU$273 (currently US$200.11/EUR168.15/GBP155.40 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 little gem of engraving from the beginning of the 1600s, please contact me ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

This print has been sold