Whip Tail Sting Ray VAL13 $225
Each single print measures
approximately 10 inches by 16 1/4 inches.
We are very pleased to offer these superb original
copper engravings of fishes from Franciscus Valentijn’s
en Nieuw Oost Indien. This was an
encyclopedic work covering all aspects of the early
history of the Dutch East Indies & parts of China,
Japan, India, Ceylon & Australia. It is particularly
rich in the history of Ambon, where the author lived. To
this very day, it provides the most complete record of
the early discoveries & life of the times in this far
flung empire. There are many maps, views & illustrations
of flora & fauna, shells & fish, all beautifully
engraved after drawing by the best Dutch artists of the
time. These include such artists as F. Ottens, J.C.
Philips, J. Goeree, G. Schoute and J. Lamsvelt and M.
Balen. The section on shells & sea creatures was based
on Rhumphius’s Ambonsche Rariteit-Kamer, in which the
plates were drawn by Maria Merian.
Franciscus Valentijn (1666-1727), was a minister of the
Dutch Reform church who lived mostly in Amboina during
his sixteen years of service with the Dutch East India
Company. His drawings of brilliantly colored & wildly
improbable fish owe much to the influence of Louis
Renard, another Dutchman who published the work
Poissons, Ecrevisses et Crabes in 1718. The surreal and
imaginative drawings are also strongly reminiscent of
the works of Hieronymus Bosch, the Dutch Renaissance
painter of the late 1400’s.
We are fortunate to have located a few of these
exceedingly rare original copper engravings, as the
complete work sells for about $75,000. Additionally, we
are privileged to have the most talented English
colorist of fish & shell paintings hand color these fish
for us in the original style. Each single print measures approximately
10 inches by 16 1/4 inches. The paper is chain lined, with an occasional
fleur de lys watermark & still strong. All plate marks
are intact. These wonderful
prints are riotously colorful, highly decorative,
amazing works of art that are among the most beautiful
and scarce items we have ever presented.
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