17 September 2009
Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528)
The Little Courier (Bartsch 80; Meder, Hollstein 79; Schoch, Mende, Scherbaum 10)
engraving, 1496, with part of a Bull's Head watermark (M. 62), a fine Meder a/b impression, printing with great clarity and excellent contrast, with the scratch below the castle, but before the scratch below the horse, trimmed on the platemark, on or just outside the borderline in places, a few thin spots, a restored crease parallel to the lower sheet edge mainly visible verso, otherwise in good condition
P., S. 108 x 77 mm.
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