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Engraving on hand laid (vergé) paper. Watermark: French Lily.
Sheet size: 34 x 22,5 cm. (13,4 x 8,9 inch). Image size: 30,9 x 19,5 cm. (12,2 x 7,7 inch).
From: ‘Liber artificiosus alphabeti maioris, oder: neu inventirtes Kunst- Schreib- und Zeichenbuch’, by Johann Merken, published in Muhlheim am Rhein, 1782-1785. This was a richly illustrated artist’s manual and typography guide with a rich assortment of subjects for the aspiring draftsman and calligrapher.
Made by ‘Heinrich Hugo Cöntgen’ after ‘Johann Merken’. Heinrich Hugo Cöntgen / Coentgen (1727-1792) was a German engraver from Mainz. He was the father of the painter and engraver Georg Joseph Cöntgen (1752-1799).
Condition: Fair, given age. Paper loss and small tears at top left corner, backed. Some small worm holes. Overall creasing. General age-related toning and/or occasional minor defects from handling. Please study scan carefully.