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STRADANUS, Johannes (Jan van der Straet)
Venationes ferarum, avium, piscium. Pugnae bestiariorum & mutuae bestiarum, depictae a loanne Stradano...
Antwerp: Philippus Gallaeus, 1578. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Folio - over 12 - 15" tall. n.d. (c.1578). Oblong folio (290 x 370 mm.), engraved title, 104 numbered engraved plates by I. Collaert, Cornelius Gale and others after Straet, together with an additional suite of 16 further engraved hunting plates by Straet et al., later full calf with spine gilt, paper repairs to lower margin of some plates at the end, occasional minor staining, very little spotting and finger soiling. A fine, very wide margined copy, rare with the title and all the plates present. ----Schwerdt II, 226; Thiebaud 856; see Hollstein IV, 173-188 (Collaert) and VII, 81, 452-527 (Galle) - First edition of ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL HUNTING BOOKS EVER PUBLISHED, containing an extra suite of 16 plates. Straet... was born in Bruges, but did most of his work in Italy. He was principally a designer of cartoons for tapestries, and there are very few of his pictures in existence. From 1553-1571 he was employed by the Duke Cosimo de'Medici in Florence, who commissioned him to make a number of designs for tapestries, representing fowling, fishing and hunting scenes, for the adornment of twenty rooms in the Palace of Peggio-a-Cajano. The present set of Venationes was engraved from these beautiful and original compositions (Schwerdt 2:228). Near Fine.
Bookseller: Milestones of Science Books [Germany]

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