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etching / engraving with hand colouring on hand laid (vergé) paper.
Sheet size: 22,7 x 16,5 cm. (8,9 x 6,5 inch). Image size: 16,6 x 12,1 cm. (6,5 x 4,8 inch).
From ‘Beschouwing der wonderen Gods, in de minstgeachte schepzelen of Nederlandsche insecten, …’, by and published by J.C. Sepp 1762-1786. This is considered one of the finest books on butterflies ever published with splendid detailed plates. RB-378
Made by an anonymous engraver after ‘David Teniers’. The author, artist, engraver and colourer of these plates was Jan Christiaan Sepp. Four generations of the Sepp family, publishers and artists were naturalists or entomologists. The Sepp company became famous for the numerous large natural history collections of plates that appeared between 1768 and 1860. Jan Christiaan Sepp (1739-1811), joined his father Christiaan Andreas Sepp’s business. He married in 1768 the 14-year older S. Focking, the daughter of a Dantzig paperseller. After she died in 1773 he remarried. He moved to a house at Haarlemmerstraat, which probably also served as a bookshop. All his children (11) were baptized in the Mennonite church. In 1777 he was one of the founders of Felix Meritis, a ‘club’ where artists and scientist gathered or discussed, with an eminent building on Keizersgracht. Five years later he was a mennonite teacher on Singel. Jan Christiaan was an engraver, etcher, bookseller, author as well as illustrator for Nederlandsche vogelen in English, Dutch Birds. The price for the complete set of books was 525 Dutch guilders. It must have held the record for being the most expensive book published in the Netherlands for a very long time.
Condition: Good, given age. Folding as issued. General age-related toning and/or occasional minor defects from handling. Please study scan carefully.