• Old Master, Decorative, Modern auction at Christies

    Sale 5867

    Old Master, Decorative, Modern and Contemporary Prints

    16 September 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 110

    Antonio Tempesta (1555-1630)

    Scenes from the Old Testament (Bartsch 14-233)

    Price Realised  


    Antonio Tempesta (1555-1630)
    Scenes from the Old Testament (Bartsch 14-233)
    the extremely rare complete set of 220 etchings, circa 1622, on laid paper, various watermarks, including Three Crescents and Scales (?) in a Circle, fine, early impressions of the first state (of two), before numbers and before the first edition published by Clement de Jonghe, Amsterdam, all with wide margins, bound in a contemporary vellum binding with yapp fore-edges, with a coat-of-arms and dated 1636 on the front and Initial AA embossed on the back, the front boards partly loose, generally in very good condition(book)
    145 x 180 mm. (overall)

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    The present set compares favourably with the example in the British Museum.

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    Sarah Greenwood, 1841 (according to an ink inscription on the inside front board)