Engraving on hand laid (verge) paper. on paper.
Size in cm: The overall size is ca. 20.8 x 32.5 cm. The image size is ca. 14.8 x 18.6 cm. Size in inch: The overall size is ca. 8.2 x 12.8 inch. The image size is ca. 5.8 x 7.3 inch.
Antique print, titled: ‘Les excez de la bouche sont la mort de l’ ame.’ – (‘The excess of the mouth are the death of the soul’). A figure lies in bed, with a bridle, the broken club of Hercules and the aegis on the floor. In the background a diligent woman is accounting by candlelight. 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 and a tear in the lower margin, with old restorations using contemporary paper. Some creasing, not affecting image. General age-related toning and/or occasional minor defects from handling. Please study scan carefully.
Keywords: ANTIQUE PRINT-EXCESS OF MOUTH-DEATH OF SOUL-AEGIS-ACCOUNTING-VAN VEEN-DARET