Copperplate engraving and etching on a verge type hand laid paper. on paper.
Size in cm: The overall size is ca. 19.1 x 25.5 cm. The image size is ca. 12.8 x 19.3 cm. Size in inch: The overall size is ca. 7.5 x 10 inch. The image size is ca. 5 x 7.6 inch.
Plate 42, 45 – 47 : ‘Chevalier du Croissant, ou du Navire’. (Knight of the Order of the Crescent). Set of 4 plates showing members of the order in different habits. The Ordre du Croissant (Order of the Crescent. Italian – Ordine della Luna Crescente) was a chivalric order founded by Charles I of Naples and Sicily in 1268. It was revived in 1448 or 1464 by Rene I, king of Jerusalem, Sicily and Aragon (including parts of Provence), to provide him with a rival to the English Order of the Garter. This print originates from a book: ‘Histoire des Ordres Religieux et Militaires (…).’ (History of Religious and Military Orders.), by R.P. Helyot, published in Paris, 1792 ed. First published 1714-1719. Helyot made lengthy journeys throughout Europe, which afforded him ample opportunity to collect material for his great work on the religious orders. It treats the history of religious and knightly orders, and of congregations of both sexes, down to his own time, and exhibits more particularly their origin, growth, deterioration, suppression, or dissolution, various offshoots and reforms. adding also the lives of the chief founders, and illustrations of different monastic habits. Being written on scientific principles, though not always with critical insight, it was very favourably received, and achieved a wide circulation (Catholic Ency.). Vols 1-5 by Helyot and vols 6-8 generally attributed to Maximilien Bullot.Artists and Engravers: The author of this work is Pierre Helyot / Father Hyppolyte Helyot (1660-1716). Engravers include P. Giffart, Thomassin and T. Duflos.
Condition: Very good, given age. Some small stains in margin. Rear blank. Small tear in one of the lower corners. General age-related toning and occasional light stains from handling. Please study image carefully.
Keywords: 4 ANTIQUE RELIGIOUS PRINTS-KNIGHT-ORDER OF THE CRESCENT-CROISSANT-HELYOT