Suite of 16 engravings of a brown bear by Marcus de Bije [De Bye, De Bie] after etchings by Marcus Gerards.
Item ID 65435
Amsterdam, Nicolaes Visscher, 1664. 16 engraved plates, each measuring ca. 15.0 x 11.7 cm (size of the printing plates, excluding 2-4 cm margin), and passe-partouts of ca. 28 x 26 cm. They are numbered 1-16 in the lower right corner outside the printed area. The first engraving with title inscription, date, and the names of the illustrator, engraver, and publisher. A complete suite of sixteen detailed and lively images of a brown bear ( Ursus arctos ) in a natural landscape and in different positions: walking, eating, drinking, sleeping, etc., seen from various angles. The images were engraved by Marcus de Bije [or De Bye] (1612-1670) after etchings by the Flemish painter and engraver Marcus Gerards (or Gheeraerts) the Elder, who lived from ca. 1520 to about 1590. Gerards was among the first engravers in the Low Countries to experiment with etching techniques. This seems to be the second state, fide Hollstein, 61-76: the title page carrying both the year 1569 for Gerard's design, and 1664 for De Bije's engraving. This suite was published by Nicolaes Visscher in Amsterdam (spelled Nicolaus Visscher on the first plate). All the plates are framed (one frame being slightly larger); some images have a circular stamp on the verso, slightly shining through. Otherwise the images are clean and generally quite strong. In all, still a good, very rare, and attractive suite. Bartsch I.86.61; Hollstein 61 II. Very rare suite of bears after Marcus Gerards the Elder