16 September 2009,
London, South Kensington
Price realised GBP 2,500
Estimate GBP 1,500 - GBP 2,500
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)