5208 - 5534 FINE ARTS - GRAPHIC ART, 16th-19th CENTURY
- Lower margin (captions) waterst. on verso, vaguely shining through.
AND 3 other mezzotints by the same: Winding of cotton (after J.C. HEILMANN. Yellowed); British Summer (after R. PYLE) and The Brickdust Man (after N. HONE. Browned/ waterst.).
- Folded twice, as published; lower blank margin chipped. = Ingalls 13.
AND 2 others, i.a. "Walvischvangst te Firando, in Japan" (engr. from Nederlandsche reizen tot bevordering van den koophandel, 1784). - WITH an offprint of J. BROEKEMA, Cornelis Cornelisz., Willem Barends en hunne tochtgenooten (Middelb., 1878, fold. map, orig. wr.).
- Sl. yellowed. Not examined outside frame, possibly laid down.
= Nice and rare view of a stranded sperm whale, with an inset view of the whale seen from the back. Ingalls 380; F.M. 4150; Atlas van Stolk 4136; Sliggers/ Wertheim p.92ff, i.a. on the legal argument that unfolded in the wake of the stranding of this sperm whale. Two groups claimed the ownership of the sperm whale, basing their argument on customary law at sea that dead whales were possession of those that staked the first claim. This specific whale was displaced from its original stranding place (where it had been claimed by the first group) by strong winds in combination with a flood and was then claimed by a second group of claimants. The bailiff in charge judged that right of salvage and not sea laws prevailed, which meant that neither of the two groups had any claiming rights and the proceeds of the sale had to go to the States of Holland. SEE ILLUSTRATION PLATE CXL.
- All but one laid down on board; lacks 2 engravings (nos. 1 and 7); one plate waterstained in margin; occas. sl. dustsoiled/ ruststained in margins; sl. weak colouring.
- Plates partly cut to the borderline; St. Lucas with chafed spot in upper left corner.
= Hollstein 1099, 2nd state of 2; 1100, 2nd state of 3; 1101, 3rd state of 3; 1102, 2nd state of 2.
AND 11 other engravings: 4 scenes from the series The Childhood of Christ by J. SADELER after M. VOS (Hollstein 258, 262, 264 and 266) and 7 female saints, engr. by THOMAS DE LEU, all waterstained and mostly w. extensive annots. in pen and ink.
- Tipped onto mounts; a few tiny specks, otherwise fine.
= Rare series. Hollstein 4-7, title print in 3rd state of 3, other first and only state. SEE ILLUSTRATION PLATE CXLI.