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Saturday, 27 February 2021

Jan Kip’s double-sided sheet of engravings illustrating Genesis, 1688, after G Freman

Jan Kip (aka Johannes Kip: John Kip) (1652/3–1722)

Double-sided sheet of engravings: “Plate 1: The Creation of ye World, or the six days worke” and “Plate 2: The Creation of Adam”, 1688, after the design by G Freman (aka G Freeman) (fl.1688–1690), published in London by Richard Blome (1635–c1705) and printed by Samuel Roycroft (fl.1665–1690) in John Coughern’s translation of Nicolas Fonatine’s (1625–1709) “The History of the Old Testament” (1688-1690) (see https://www.britishmuseum.org/collection/object/P_1931-0826-2-17).

Engravings on laid paper trimmed unevenly with narrow margins.

Size: (sheet) 33.7 x 21.3 cm; (plate 1 outer image borderline) 32.5 x 19 cm; (plate 2 outer image borderline) 32.8 x 19.7 cm.

Plate 1

Inscribed on plate: (in sky at upper centre) “Fiat Lux” (transl. “Let there be light”); (within the image borderline along lower edge) “G. Freman delin: […] J Kip. Sculp:”; (below the image borderline) “(1) The Creation of ye World, or the six days worke. [ …] Genesis 1.”

Plate 2

Inscribed on plate: (banderole the royal coat of arms at centre held by two putti) “To her Sacred […] Majesty Mary/ by the Grace of God […] Queen of England/ Scotland, France […] and Ireland […]/ This Plate in all […] humility is humbly/ dedicated by yo […]. Ma.tys / most obedient/ Subject Richard Blome.”; (within the image borderline along lower edge) “G. Freman delin: […] J Kip. Sculp”; (below the image borderline) “2) […] The Creation of Adam. [ …] Genesis 1.”

Condition: strong impressions on both sides of the sheet showing no sign of wear to the printing plates, trimmed slightly unevenly around the platemarks of both engravings with small margins around the image borderlines. The sheet is in excellent condition with no tears, folds, holes, abrasions, significant stains, foxing or signs of handling.

I am selling this superb double-sided sheet of two engravings that are the first plates for an illustrated account of the Old Testament, for AU$284 (currently US$218.92/EUR181.11/GBP157.24 at the time of this listing) 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 very rare sheet of engravings from the late 1600s, please contact me (oz_jim@printsandprinciples.com) and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

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