Collaert, A. Animaliumquadrupedum omnis generis verae et artificiosis-simae delineationes in aes incisae et edita ab Adriano Collardo. Antwerpen, (ca 1612).
Oblong 8vo (188 x 124 mm). 19 beautiful and contemporarily hand-coloured engravings including the engraved title page depicting Orpheus charming and taming the birds and beasts of the forest. All are mounted on contemporary paper and nicely framed in five sections in a tortoise-shell frame setting . An exceptional suite in a contemporary coloured state. Of the 19 plates only 2 have the normally present numbering and engaved signature: “Adrian. Collaert fecit et excud”, the other 16 are most probably some sort of proof prints before letters and numbers, which is very exceptional and completely unknown in any bibliography nor was it known by the leading expert, Sam Segal, whom we consulted. He also confirmed the contemporary colouring. read more
Bruyn, Cornelis de. Reizen door de vermaardste Deelen van Klein Asia, De Eylanden Scio, Rhodus, Cyprus, Metelino, Stanchio, &c. Mitsgaders de voornaamste Steden van Aegypten, Syrien En Palestina. Delft, H. van Krooneveld, 1698,
€ 10500 Cornelis de Bruyn, the Dutch painter and traveller, travelled between 1678 and 1685 in the Levant. Unlike other travellers who relied on hear say, the drawings for these engravings where made on the spot. De Bruyn was primarily a landscape artist and this manifests itself in the several fine panoramas which include Smyrna, Constantinople (3), Rhodes, Tyre, The piramides of Gizeh, Alexandria, Bethlehem, Jerusalem, Aleppo, Palmyra, Alexandria, Antalya, and others. De Bruyn's costume plates are mostly of the different types of Greek and Turkish head-dresses. read more