10th anniversary edition : 10-11-12 March 2017
Participants 2017: Antiquariaat de Vries & de Vries
These are Antiquariaat de Vries & de Vries’ top items on this year’s edition of the Maastricht Antiquarian Book & Print Fair.
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Benoit, Pierre Jacques (1782-1854): Voyage à Surinam
Voyage à Surinam. Benoit, Pierre Jacques (1782-1854). Description Des Possessions Néerlandaises dans la Guyane. Cent Dessins pris sur nature par L’auteur. Bruxelles 1839. By De Wasme et Laurent. Lithographed title-page and 99 illustrations on 49 tinted lithographed plates, printed on India paper by Paul Lauters and Jean-Baptiste Madou after Benoît. With a hand-written biography from 1900. 69pp. Folio (35 x 50 cm.) Text in French.
Moitessier, A. (Albert): La Photographie Appliquée aux Recherches Micrographiques
Avec 41 figures gravées d’apres des photographies et trois planches photographiques. Paris by J.-B. Bailliere et Fils. 1866. 333pp. 8o. (18 x 11). Première edition. 41 text illustrations, 3 mounted albumen photographic plates. A good copy. This is the first French work on photomicrography to contain original mounted photographs. First edition.
Ortelius: Flandria - Vlaanderen
Title: FLANDRIA. “Gerardus Mercator Rupelmundanus Describebat” “Cum priuilegio.” Famous map of Flanders by A. Ortelius in his Theatrum (Ed. 1570). Size: 387 x 503 mm. Condition: Good (Colouring very nice, weak and restored at centrefold). Verso Latin. According to Cartographica Neerlandica (www.orteliusmaps.com): Identification number: Ort 75 (Koeman/Meurer: 17, Karrow: 1/25, van der Krogt AN: 3200:31A). Occurrence in Theatrum editions and page number: 1571L17 (275 copies printed) (last line, centred like four lines above it: Iacobus Marchantius. ; F of title above E of Europe), Cartographic sources: Gerard Mercator’s 1540 Flanders map (Karrow 56/6, p. 379-382, Meurer p. 196). References: H.A.M. van der Heijden “Ortelius and the Netherlands”, p. 271-290 in: M. van den Broecke, P. van der Krogt and P. Meurer (eds.) “Abraham Ortelius and the First Atlas”, HES Publishers, 1998. E. Leenders: The map of Flanders by Gerard Mercator and Jacob van Deventer. “Brussels International Map Collectors’ Circle” no. 30, p. 18-23, 2008. Remarks: According to some, Mercator drew and engraved this map himself. This map is followed by plate Ort 76. These two maps are very similar, but on the present plate 75 compass directions are not mentioned in the corners, whereas they are on the later plate 76. The lady at the bottom does not wear a hat on Ort75 but wears a pointed hat on Ort76. Texts of Ort75, Ort76 and Ort77 are very similar.
Bontekoe: Journael ofte gedenckwaerdighe beschrijvinghe vande Oost-Indische reyse van Willem Ysbrantsz. Bontekoe van Hoorn
Bontekoe – Journael ofte gedenckwaerdighe beschrijvinghe vande Oost-Indische reyse van Willem Ysbrantsz. Bontekoe van Hoorn… waer by ghevoeght is het journael van Dirck Albertsz Raven… Hoorn, ghedruckt by I. Willemsz voor Jan Jansz. Deutel, 1648. Modern half vellum. With half-page title vignette, engr. Portrait, 2 engr. In the tekst and 9 double-page plates (8), 80 pp. Tiele 159; Tiele, Memoire, 171; Cat. NHSM I, p.173 (other ed.); Cordier, Bibliotheca Sinica p. 4116 (other ed.). Second augmented edition.
Bontekoe’s East Indian voyage was one of the most popular of the numerous adventure books in which the Dutch 17th century public delighted. It appeared for the first time in Hoorn in 1646, more than 20 years after the events related; in the next few years over a dozen piratical editions were brought out in various Dutch towns. All through the 17th and 18th centuries it continued to be reprinted. We have the extremely scarce authentic second edition. Bontekoe, captain of the ‘Nieuhoorn’, left the 28th of December 1618. After having passed Madagascar his ship caught fire and burnt down. He and his crew escaped in a life-boat and reached, after an adventurous trip, the Sunda Strait, where they met a Dutch fleet in command of Frederik Houtman, governor of the Moluccas. Next he describes his experiences in the East Indies, the voyage to China and the return to Holland, where he arrived in November 1625. – (Some waterstains).
The Dutch Raid on the Medway and the Capture of the Royal Charles, 1667
A large spectacular view of the Battle on the Medway, Rotterdam, Dirk Langendijk, Mattheus de Sallieth, Dirk de Jong, 1782 (42 x 58 cm) Title: ‘De beroemde onderneming op de rivieren van London en Rochester gedaan den 21, 22 en 23 Junii des jaars 1667’.
2017 is the 350th anniversary of the Battle of Medway, or the Battle of Chatham, as it is known in Holland, when the Dutch fleet sailed into the River Medway, set fire to a substantial part of the British fleet, capturing and taking away, the flagship, ‘Royal Charles’. This engraving shows the Dutch key players : Michiel de Ruyter, Cornelis de Witt, Jan van Brakel, in the centre of the image. At the MABP we present this very rare view together with the so-called “key print” : a small etching showing the heads of : 1: Cornelis de Witt, 2: Michiel de Ruyter, 3: schout-bij-nacht David Vlugh, 4: kapitein Jan van Brakel. (Both framed)
Jacob de Wit (Amsterdam, 1695–1754): Ceiling design with bacchantes and nymphs among clouds
Pen and black ink and grey, brown and red wash; signed, lower right: JdWit/inv/ii
(1725 – 1735)
291 x 429 mm.
Exhibited: Amsterdam, Bijbels Museum, In de Wolken, Jacob de Wit als plafondschilder (March-June 2000). J. Boonstra and G. van den Hout (eds.) 2000, pp. 57, 59, reproduced fig. 18.
De Wit received his first commission for a decorative ceiling painting around 1719 and thereafter built himself a reputation as the pre-eminent exponent of that artform in 18th-century Holland, executing many such works throughout the remainder of his career.
This beautiful and impressive drawing shows perfectly well how De Wit composed his ceilings. As usual he takes one point of view at a 45 degree angle. There is a lower section, consisting of clouds on which groups of persons are resting, a perspective with a flying person (sometimes more) and a group of putti playing with flowers or other appropriate attributions.
On numerous occasions Jacob de Wit has depicted the theme of bacchants and nymphs celebrating the joys of nature. It can also be considered to be an allegory on Autumn. A comparable though less elaborate drawing is kept in the collections of The Metropolitan Museum in New York.
(Lit. Janrense Boonstra & Guus van den Hout eds., In de Wolken, Jacob de Wit als plafondschilder, Amsterdam 2000).
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