1722 Copper Engraving Portrait Gallus Baron Rachnitz Gallus Von Recknitz EUM5

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This is an original 1722 black and white copper engraving of "Gall Freÿherr zu Racknitz," also known as Gallus Freiherr von Racknitz, or Gallus Baron Rachnitz, a companion of Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand II at the imperial election in Frankfurt in 1619. At that time, he was appointed to the Council and made Chamberlain to the Emperor. As a Protestant, Gallus had to leave Austria in 1629, settling in Regensburg and later moving to Nuremberg. In his later life, he published a collection of 45 hymns titled, "Heart and soul music." The portrait is surrounded by a wonderful decorative motif featuring a bold geometric design along the borders and two oppositionally placed sphinxes framing an intriguing, stylized face. This piece is accompanied by the original German biographical text printed on a separate sheet and featuring a decorative drop cap, vignette and head-and tail-pieces.

CONDITION

This 289+ year old Item is rated Near Mint / Very Fine+. No creases. No natural defects.No surface rub.No tears. No water damage. Please note: There is a plate impression bordering the image in this print and there is light offsetting from the facing page on the accompanying text print.

  • Product Type: Original Copper Engraving; Black / White
  • Grade: Near Mint / Very Fine+
  • Dimensions: Approximately 8 x 13.5 inches; 20 x 34 cm
  • Authentication: Serial-Numbered Certificate of Authenticity w/ Full Provenance
  • Protection: Packaged in a custom archival sleeve with an acid-free black board (great for display, gift-giving, and preservation)

Period Paper is pleased to offer an extremely rare and impressive early eighteenth century collection of biographies and portrait engravings and etchings, produced in Leipzig, Germany in 1721 and 1722. Included are notable monarchs, rulers, religious figures, and members of notable Houses throughout Europe, including several genealogical charts of dynastic lines, spanning the sixteenth to early eighteenth centuries. The collection is comprised of exquisitely engraved and etched copper portrait plates framed by varying decorative motifs, all engraved by Johann Friedrich Rosbach. Many of the portraits include separate biographical pieces ranging in length from a single paragraph to several pages for more notable European monarchs and emperors. If present, the accompanying text is in German and is composed of beautiful woodcut text, with most pages containing elegantly etched drop cap initials, head-and tail-pieces and vignettes. The superb, folio-sized stock upon which the collection is engraved and etched employed the latest advances in eighteenth century paper making and highlights the era's predilection for strong, lightly sized paper with a fine structure and smooth surface. The paper's characteristics are thus similar to Japanese Gampi, and the result is well-preserved and crisp images that exceptionally capture Rosbach's fluid and sharp line work. This collection represents a unique opportunity to collect a valuable part of European history stunningly composed and illustrated.

Keywords specific to this image: Baldric, Neck Ruff, Holy Roman Empire, Habsburg Empire, Habsburg Dynasty, Habsburg Monarchy, Austrian Monarchy, Thirty Years' War, Catholic Counter-Reformation, Protestant, Writer, Musician, Austria, Germany

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