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Friday 10 May 2024

Giovanni Merlo, “Saint Martinianus”, c.1656, after Raphael Sadeler I and Maarten de Vos

(Attributed to) Giovanni Merlo (fl.c.1656–1696)—attribution based on other engravings in the same series/folio that are lettered in the plate with the name of Giovanni Merlo (see &

“Saint Martinianus” (aka “St Martinian”—Hermit of Caesarea in Palestine [c.350 AD]), c.1656, plate 16 from the series of thirty plates, “Hermits Sylvae Sacrae (Monumenta …Anachoretarum…)”, after a lost drawing by Maarten de Vos (1532–1603) and after the engraving of the same composition executed by Raphael Sadeler I (1560/61–1628/32).

Engraving on fine laid paper.

Size: (sheet) 19.2 x 22.4 cm; (plate) 16.8 x 20.1 cm; (image borderline) 15.5 x 19.2 cm.

Lettered and numbered in plate below the image borderline: (left) “Primitias aui Domino floremq[ue] iuventae/ Donat, et in latebras MARTINIANVS abit”; (centre) “16”; (right) “Naufraga suscipitur Virgo, fit naufragus ipse,/ Cui dant Delphinium terga per æquor iter”

Lifetime impression (based on the quality of line showing no sign of wear to the printing plate).

TIB 7001.107 C1 (Isabelle de Ramaix [ed.] 2001, “The Illustrated Bartsch: Raphael Sadeler I Fecit”, Vol. 71, Part 1 [Supplement], New York, Abaris Books, p. 144, cat. no. [7001].107 C1).

Condition: a strong and near faultless impression in a pristine condition with no tears, holes, folds, losses, abrasions or stains.

I am selling this exceptionally fine impression of a very beautiful engraving in a near pristine condition exemplifying the period style of Mannerism, for AU$248 in total (currently/approximately US$163.78/ EUR152.04/ GBP130.77 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. Note that payment is in Australian dollars (AU$248) as this is my currency.

If you are interested in purchasing this superb engraving showing the hermit saint about to rescue a shipwrecked woman—note that this saint had earlier employed the extraordinary manoeuvre of putting his feet into a fire to quell his passion for another woman, Zoe, who had sought to seduce him (see—please contact me ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

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