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The Rugendas Letters:
Johann Moritz Rugendas’
First Voyage to Brazil
The Sections of Cap Trafalgar
The First Prussian Maritime Atlas
The Rare Series of
Creation , Fête & Departure of the Galleys
Rigaud, Jacques (Marseilles c. 1681 – 1753/4, active i. a. in Toulon). Galleys. From construction and baptism till departure and return. Each bustling with figurines before harbor scenery. Set of 6 sheet in engraving with etching by (? see below) and at resp. Martin Engelbrecht (1684 Augsburg 1756). Inscribed: 1(-6) / Mart. Engelbrecht exc(ud[it]). A(ug). V(ind)., otherwise each with title + quatrain in German-Latin parallel text, sheet 1 additionally “No. 68.”. 8⅜-8½ × 13⅞-14 in (21.3-21.6 × 35.3-35.5 cm).
The set not even came to light to Schott
– Der Augsburger Kupferstecher und Kunstverleger Martin Engelbrecht –
who as owner-successor of the Engelbrecht store lists under 3172 of his 1924 Definitive and Publisher’s Catalog as an individual work (sic!) only sheet 2, moreover cut under significant image loss, qualified in addition with two (of three) asteriks:
(page 49). – Compare also Nagler (“Jean”) Rigaud 9 and Coppenrath Collection, pt. III (1890), 2027 (Rigaud):
“ Seaports with richest figurative decoration .“
Sheet 2 with typograph. watermark ML. – On the left in the white (plate) margin each with the two pinholes of the original stitching. The up to 1.5 cm wide, partly slanted paper margins in parts trimmed close to and on platemark resp., with each two sheet upper right and below and lower left resp. also within the white platemark. – Especially at the lower margin and the text area resp. isolated feeble foxspots. – Fine copy .
The Galley Construction (available here also separately) – The Baptism of the Galleys – The Pleasure Fête of the Galleys in the Harbor of Marseilles – The Fitting of the Galleys – The Time for the Departure of the Galleys – The Return of the Galleys .
The with respect to the three ship construction sujets
especially instructive , rich set
substantiated in its entirety here furthermore for the first (?) time .
Engelbrecht also published an edition of Rigaud’s slightly smaller series of the ships of the line Nagler 10; cf. Schott 3171 (sheet 5 only). A set of Rigaud’s own engravings of the galleys figured on the market in the ’70s.
Offer no. 28,845 / price on application