Engraving on hand laid (verge) paper. on paper.
Size in cm: The overall size is ca. 20.9 x 32.4 cm. The image size is ca. 14.4 x 17.8 cm. Size in inch: The overall size is ca. 8.2 x 12.8 inch. The image size is ca. 5.7 x 7 inch.
Antique print, titled: ‘La temperance est le souverain bien.’ – (‘Temperance is a good ruler’). A couple on a bed pick food from a table at their side. A cherub holding a laurel wreath and fasces peeps through a hole in the wall with a man beside him holding a rabbit. 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. A wormhole in the top left margin corner, closed with contemporary paper. Some creasing in the lower margin. A small dark stain in the top right margin corner. An old restoration in the right margin. General age-related toning and/or occasional minor defects from handling. Please study scan carefully.
Keywords: ANTIQUE PRINT-TEMPERANCE A GOOD RULER-COUPLE-BED-PEEP HOLE-VAN VEEN-DARET