Rare Antique Master Print-SUICIDE-BATTLE-SAUL-PHILISTINES-van der Borcht-1653



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Copperplate engraving on hand laid paper. Watermark: yes on paper.

Size in cm: The overall size is ca. 33.7 x 26.6 cm. The image size is ca. 25.8 x 18.7 cm. Size in inch: The overall size is ca. 13.3 x 10.5 inch. The image size is ca. 10.2 x 7.4 inch.

Antique Master Print, titled: ‘Desperatio impietatis merces. 1. Reg. 31.4.’ – Bible illustration for 1 Samuel 31:4 (not 1 Kings 31:4, as the caption suggests). This illustrates the battle between the Philistines and the army of Israel, when Saul instructs his armor-bearer to run him through with his sword. Afterwards the armor-bearer also commits suicide. Emblemata Sacra, e praecipius utriusque ….. Petro vander Burgio …… Johanne Philippi Schabaelie, anno 1653′, by Hendrik Jansen Barrefelt (called Hiel).’, by: Hendrik Jansen Barrefelt. Engraved title and 100 engravings by van der Borcht, text. The rare Barrefeldt illustrated Bible of the religious group: Second House of Love. Originally published by Christopher Plantin in 1581. The spiritual ideas of Heil were expressed in the fine series of engravings designed by Pieter van der Borcht. The plates inspired the remonstrants and liberal protestants of the Dutch Republic like Michel Colin (i.e. Michiel Colijn) who was born in Antwerp and settled in Amsterdam as a publisher and bookseller in 1608. A smaller version of the Bible was first printed by Colin in Dutch in 1613. Ref: IconClass 71H3222-3.Artists and Engravers: Made by ‘Pieter van der Borcht’ after an anonymous artist. Pieter van der Borcht (Flemish. 1545-1608) was born in Malines and worked there and in Antwerp. He was one of the first to use the etching-technique extensively. He was the chief illustrator of the famous Antwerp publisher Plantijn.

Condition: Excellent, given age. Vertical crease in middle of print. Small tear in top margin, backed by contemporary paper and acid free tape. General age-related toning and/or occasional minor defects from handling. Please study scan carefully.



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