Paesaggio con pilastro e rovine classiche (Landscape with Ruined Monuments). Etching. De V. 28. 13,7:21,5 cm. Sheetsize 17:24,5 cm.
Montecuccoli degli Erri, Canaletto incisore, Venezia 2002 No. 21 stato unico; Kainen 26; Bromberg 31 C; With the signatur in the bottom borderline. Giovanni Antonio Canal learned to draw and paint architecture in the studio of his father, who was the principal designer of theatrical scenery in Venice. Canal began to produce etchings at the age of forty-three or forty-four. From his first plate it was evident that Canal was a supreme master of the medium. He brought to his etchings a painterly
approach and invented a personal, distinctly individual style.
The loosely handled short strokes, varying in direction, intensity and thickness, together with the white highlight of the unworked paper, create the typical silvery tone and the etchings seem to take on colors. Montecuccoli could not verify an earlier impression
before this Edition. A very fine early impression on strong white paper,
in excellent condition.
Two Butterflies and a Moth with a Branche of Red Currant. Watercolor and body-colour, on contemporary black- and goldruled beige card mount. 25,6:20 cm.
Entomological drawing of Albertus Sebas‘s famous cabinet. Seba was an Amsterdam apothecary and a leading figure in the international scientific community. He formed two of the greatest and most famous natural history cabinets of the 18th century, which he generously opened to scholars and scientists.
In 1717, he sold his first cabinet to the Russian Czar, Peter the Great and immediately began forming an even more extensive cabinet. He was able to take advantage of Amsterdam‘s preeminent position in overseas trade to collect exotic and rare specimens. Seba bought and traded mussels, snails, snakes, fishes, shellfishes, spiders insects and plants from returning sailors. Thanks to the skills of artists and etchers, these unknown and strange specimens were documented and then brought to life in pleasingly combined compositions.
This was published in four volumes as: Locupletissimi rerun naturalium thesauri descriptio, the first two issued between 1734 and Seba‘s death in 1736, and the final volumes appearing posthumously. We can not be sure whether the drawings are from his second collection or from the first cabinet before their removal to Russia in 1717.
Sechs und Zwänzig nichtige Kinderspiel. Zu wichtiger Erinnerung erhebt: und in Kupfer gebracht. Conrad Meÿer Malern in Zürich. Engraved title and 13 plates with 26 illustrations. Small 4°. Zürich (1657). Full margins. Loosely in folder. Leemann-van Elck, p. 120 and fig. 126 and 127. Brun II, p. 382.
First edition of the complete series of this early Swiss children‘s book. In the 26 illustrations, the children are shown playing different games, while the two-line rhymes below each picture give an emblematic character to the illustrations. One of the most charming etched works by the Zürich artist Conrad Meyer. Extremely rare.