Engraving on hand laid (verge) paper. on paper.
Size in cm: The overall size is ca. 19.9 x 32 cm. The image size is ca. 14.3 x 17.8 cm. Size in inch: The overall size is ca. 7.8 x 12.6 inch. The image size is ca. 5.6 x 7 inch.
Antique print, titled: ‘Ne t’informe point de l’advenir.’ – (‘Do not inquire about the future’). Several types of divination and augury are shown: a man is reading entrails of a dead ox, astrologers are discussing and drawing charts to the left, while two chickens eat corn in a cabin. From: ‘La Doctrine des Moeurs […]’ printed by Louys Sevestre for Pierre Daret, Paris, 1646. First edition. Author: Marin le Roy de Gomberville. Made by order of Mazarin for the instruction of the young Louis XIV. The plates are copies in reverse after Otto van Veen’s emblems in ‘Q. Horatii Flacci Emblemata.’ Ref: Brunet II 1658.Artists and Engravers: Made by ‘P. Daret’ after ‘Otto Vaenius’. Otto van Veen, also known by his Latinized name Otto Venius or Octavius Vaenius, (c.1556-1629) was a painter, draughtsman, and humanist active primarily in Antwerp and Brussels in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth century.
Condition: Good, given age. Paper loss in left lower, backed with comtemporary paper. A tear in the top margin, closed with acid free archival tape. A crease in the top of the image area and in the top and lower margins. General age-related toning and/or occasional minor defects from handling. Please study scan carefully.
Keywords: ANTIQUE PRINT-AUGURY-READING ENTRAILS-DIVINATION-ASTROLOGY-VAN VEEN-DARET