Animalium quadrupedum omnis generis verae et artificiosissimae delinationes in aes incisae et editae ab Adriano Collardo.
[Antwerp, c. 1610]. Oblong 8vo. (177 x 225mm). Allegorical engraved title (Orpheus charming and taming the birds and beasts of the forests) and 19 engraved plates [Bound up with:] Avium vive icones, in aes incisae & editae ab Adriano Collardo. [Antwerp, 1580]. Engraved pictorial title and 31 engraved plates [Bound up with:] Piscium vivae icones factae ab Adriano Collardo. [Antwerp, c. 1610]. Engraved renaissance architectural title (Neptune with 2 horses, fishing-gear, fishes, crustacea and turtles) and 25 engraved plates. 18th century full morocco gilt, gilt device on covers.
The complete zoological works by Adriaen Collaert, in first editions. (I:) A superb suite of earlyengravings of native and exotic quadrupeds, many recently introduced from distant countries to the busy port of Antwerp, then the most important harbour of Norhern Europe. Amongst others the following exotic animals are depicted: elephants, lions, panther, rhinoceros, giraffe, monkeys, chameleon. Some hunting scenes with bears and boars, rabbits, hares and hunting dogs. Further native animals such as horses, cows, elk, deer, goat etc. All these animals are depicted in a beautiful landscapes with mountains, forests, rivers, farmer's houses, farmers cultivating land. Very much in the style and tradition of the Flemish painter Jan Bruegel the Elder. (II:) "A rare and curious collection of copper-plate engravings of birds by an early Dutch engraver ..." (Wood 283). The 16 plates (including the pictorial titlepage) of the first work are unnumbered and contain mostly the common native bird species. The second set of plates 'Avium Iconum editio secunda' is numbered 1-16 and is not a second edition of the first work, but a continuation depicting mainly exotic and rare (native and foreign) birds. All plates of both parts bear the Latin name of each bird, which is figured in front of a beautiful and detailed landscape with small villages, rivers, boats, towers, etc. The very fine copper-engravings are not only of high artistical value, but also of great scientific importance. (III:) A superb suite of early engravings depicting not only fishes but also crustacea, shells, seals, whales, a sea-horde, a crocodile and frogs. Although marine fishes figure mostly also fresh-water fishes are shown. Most of the animals are depicted in front of lovely nautical sceneries, with numerous sailing ships, fishing fishermen, mountains in the distance with castles, towns, rock formations. The first 20 plates show numerous shells, sometimes more than 20 to a plate. Little is known about Adriaan Collaert (c.1560-1618) a flemish engraver working in Antwerp, he married the daughter of Philip Galle (a renowned publisher and engraver), and published and engraved a.o. a number of attractive engraved suites dealing with natural history. This genre became quite fashionable and much of his work was issued again by Joannis Visscher in Amsterdam some 30-50 years later, some were copied by other artists. The first editions of Collaert's works are scarce and superior to later issues. One plate with small paper loss at corner not affecting the image and 5 plates with some marginal strengthening on verso with old paper, else a few plates with occasional marginal browning. (I:) Nissen ZBI, 924; Wood 283; Bridson & White D61 (II:) Nissen IVB, 199; Wood 283; Bridson & White D66 (III:) edition with slightly different title, Nissen, Schöne Fischbücher, 42; Bridson & White D60; this title, Helmus, L.M (Ed). 'Fish still lives by Dutch and Flemish masters 1550-1700', p.359.
Item nr. 9221
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