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Wednesday 24 March 2021

Isaak Major’s engraving, “Landscape with a Small House Built into a Rock”, c1600

Isaak Major (aka Isaac Major; Issak Mayor; Isaac Maior) (c.1576–1630/36)

“Landscape with a Small House Built into a Rock”, c1600, Plate 2 from the series, “Nine Landscapes”, published in Augsburg by Johann Georg Hertel (1719–1768; fl.1750s–1760s).

Engraving on laid paper with small margins.

Size: (sheet) 26.7 x 39.4 cm; (image borderline) 23.9 x 36.5 cm.

Lettered on plate below the image borderline: (right) “Ioh Georg Hertel excud. Aug. Vind. […] 2.”

Hollstein German 9 (Robert Zijlma 1979, “German Engravings, Etchings and Woodcuts, ca. 1400–1700: Erasmus Loy to Jakob Mayr”, vol. 23, Amsterdam, Van Gendt & Co, p. 167, cat. no. 9).

The British Museum offers the following description of this print:

“Plate 2: Landscape with a wooden house built into a rock; at centre; and travellers about to cross a footbridge across a stream; from a series of nine landscapes” (

See also the description by the Rijksmuseum:

Condition: a strong impression with a small (2 mm) hole at upper-left, minor staining, a flattened centre-fold (possibly as published but no longer visible recto) and areas of thinness in the margins; otherwise, the sheet is in a good condition with no significant issues.

I am selling this magnificently romantic engraving executed with the Baroque spirit of Aegidius Sadeler and Roelant Savery—the artist’s teachers in Prague—for the total cost of AU$398 (currently US$302.33/EUR255.83/GBP220.93 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 remarkably beautiful engraving that (to my eyes) has the visual “feel” of the artist’s preferred colour for making drawings, indigo blue, 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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