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The Rugendas Letters:
Johann Moritz Rugendas’
First Voyage to Brazil
The Sections of Cap Trafalgar
The First Prussian Maritime Atlas
“ His Seapieces … place us
right into the Harbors … of the Netherlands ”
Hollar’s Dutch Three-Master at Anchor
Hollar, Wenceslaus (Prague 1607 – London 1677). Nauis Bellica Hollandica. Three-masted one-deck vessel with guns run out at anchor to the right. The fore-yard is lowered, on deck numerous sailors. On the right in the middle distance and background four further three-masters at anchor in pairs, far left on the horizon a fifth one under sails. Etching + engraving. Inscribed: WHollar fecit / 1647, otherwise as above. Sheet size 5⅝ × 9¼ in (14.4 × 23.4 cm).
Pennington 1266, I; Parthey 1266. – Sheet 6 of the
“ Very rare ”
and complete hardly occurring
(Davidsohn 509) 12-sheet set of Dutch ships Navivm Variæ Figuræ et Formæ of 1647, figuring even in Davidsohn’s quite remarkably comprehensive Hollar stock sold 1920 in 420 lots in a mixed copy only, and here present
in the first state before address & number .
Not in the rich Hollar part at Baron Lanna (1895) who beside a presumed copy of the title owned but two sheet of the set, one of which additionally only in the second state with the number lower right, and also missing in the 1984 Berlin exhibition catalogue enumerating only three other sheets of the set. – Cf. the drawing of three-master with lowered yards likewise at anchor to the right as frontispiece in Hollar’s Journey on the Rhine, Prague, 1965. – Large armorial watermark. – Warm-toned, evenly weakly browned impression with up to 2 mm wide paper margin around the borderline. Upper left by old hand in ink “500”.
Large-sized , as fine as detailed
representation of a Dutch ship at the roadstead :
(Parthey, p. X).
This as much in unison with Hollar’s objective grasp disdaining all decorative or filling accessories as with his correspondingly developed manner of etching:
(Miloš V. Kratochvíl, Hollar’s Journey on the Rhine, as above, p. 23).
(Nagler VI, p. 262).
(F. A. Borovský in Thieme-Becker XVII, pp. 376 ff.).
That at the same time they are extraordinarily rare
makes them that exceptionally desirable .
Offer no. 28,779 / EUR 1480. / export price EUR 1406. (c. US$ 1532.) + shipping