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The Rugendas Letters:
Johann Moritz Rugendas’
First Voyage to Brazil
The Sections of Cap Trafalgar
The First Prussian Maritime Atlas
“ One of the Most Brilliant Sailors
of All the History ”
Drake – Houbraken, J(acobus). (Dordrecht 1698 – Amsterdam 1780). Sr Francis Drake. Half-length portrait in oval on a socle decorated with the representation of a naval action (2⅛ × 3⅜ in [5.5 × 8.5 cm]) along with rich maritime ornaments, among them crown with sharps formed by hulls, Neptune’s trident, oar and pennant, anchor, cannons and balls, and nautical instruments as telescope, globe, chart rolls, hour-glass and Jacob’s staff. Engraving. 14⅜ × 8⅞ in (36.4 × 22.6 cm).
Splendid impression , rich of contrast ,
with slight plate dirt on especially wide-margined strong laid paper.
Houbraken, an “elegant, excellent engraver” (Wurzbach), is “the most important and most fertile portrait engraver of the 18th century” (Thieme-Becker). The sheet here probably from Thomas Birch’s “Heads of Illustrious Persons of Great Britain” published in London 1743-52 :
“ … excellently engraved large folio sheets …
of outstanding art-historical interest ”
Vice admiral Sir Francis Drake (1540-1596), inextricably linked with the long fight between England and Spain for the predominance on the oceans, was one of the few commanders acting with independent determination as but 200 years after him again admiral Nelson :
(Lächler-Wirz, Schiffe der Völker, p. 344).
Here thus the chance
to incorporate the early famous naval hero into your own collection .
Offer no. 28,857 / EUR 670. / export price EUR 637. (c. US$ 770.) + shipping