Engraving on hand laid (verge) paper. on paper.
Size in cm: The overall size is ca. 21.1 x 32.5 cm. The image size is ca. 14.2 x 17.6 cm. Size in inch: The overall size is ca. 8.3 x 12.8 inch. The image size is ca. 5.6 x 6.9 inch.
Antique print, titled: ‘Qui ne commence iamais, ne scauroit rien achever.’ – (‘He who never begins, will never achieve anything’). A man stands in the shadow of a tree, leaning on a shovel. He looks at the industriousness of the figures near him, one swimming, another leading oxen to a plough, the third making a wall from bricks and mortar. 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 damage in the top left margin corner, just outside of image area (with an old restoration closing the tear). Some small stains in the margins. General age-related toning and/or occasional minor defects from handling. Please study scan carefully.
Keywords: ANTIQUE PRINT-INDUSTRY-FARMER-PLOW-MASON-SHOVEL-VAN VEEN-DARET