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. 14.3 x 17.8 cm. Size in inch: The overall size is ca. 8.2 x 12.8 inch. The image size is ca. 5.6 x 7 inch.
Antique print, titled: ‘Le sage est inesbranlable.’ – (‘The wise man is unwavering’). It shows a man in thought holding scales, surrounded by three men urgently speaking at him and pointing at the besieged city on fire in the background. A king arrives in panic from the right side. 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 ‘Pierre 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. Small stain just below print, not affecting image. Crease in right margin and right lower. General age-related toning and/or occasional minor defects from handling. Please study scan carefully.
Keywords: ANTIQUE PRINT-WISE MAN-UNWAVERING-BALANCE-SIEGE-FIRE-CITY-VAN VEEN-DARET