1721 Woodblock Print Genealogy Ancestry Kingdom Sweden Austria Gustavus II EUM1
This 290+ year old Item is rated Near Mint / Very Fine+. Light foxing and aging. No creases. No natural defects.No surface rub.No tears. No water damage.
- Product Type: Original Woodblock Print; Black / White
- Grade: Near Mint / Very Fine+
- Dimensions: Approximately 8 x 13 inches; 20 x 33 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: Holy Roman Empire, Thirty Years' War, Habsburg Dynasty, Queen Christina Sweden, Johann Sigmund Churfurst von Brandenburg, Ana Marggrafin, Fridrich II Herzog von der Ligniss, Magdalena Herzogin von Sachsen, Elisabeth Princesin von Dennemarct