Author Potter P. P. Potter inventor Marc. de Bye fecit. [Lions]
Published 1664
Item ID 72599
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[Amsterdam], Nicolaes Visscher, 1664. Oblong folio (18.6 x 24.8 cm). Engraved title page, and seven other engravings (each measuring ca. 16 x 21.5 cm), numbered 1-8 in the lower right corner outside the printed frame. Later blind quarter vellum over marbled boards. A rare, complete suite of eight lively images of quite probably the same individual male lion ( Panthera leo ], Paulus Potter (1625-1654) was a contemporary of Rembrandt and Vermeer, who died at the age of 28 from tuberculosis. He is best known for his large paintings of cattle, and appeared to be interested in depicting large mammals in general. The images were engraved by the highly esteemed artist Marcus de Bye [or: de Bije] (1612-1670). Title leaf a bit soiled and thumbed in the lower margin; nearly all other plates generally clean; skilful repair to one short, marginal tear; longer repaired fold and tear, with slight loss of the printing in the last plate. All plates with strong impressions. In all an attractive suite. Bartsch, 41-8; Benezit 6, pp. 779-780. Fine, lively engravings, by a famous Dutch artist