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Groote vissery.Amsterdam, Petrus Schenk, [ca. 1720]. Folio. With engraved general title-page, and 2 series of 16 engraved prints (17.5 x 20.5 cm) on 17 leaves, numbered 1-17 and 1-16. All plates engraved by Adolf van der Laan after drawings by Sieuwert van der Meulen. Contemporary wrappers.
Atlas van Stolk 3019; E. Ingals, Whaling prints in the F.B. Lothrop collection 15-30; Muller, Historieplaten supplement 3013 C (no copy seen). Extremely rare first edition of two print series with engraved general title: Groote vissery . One series presents the herring fishery and trade, and the other is a classic set of 16 whaling prints by Adolf van der Laan. "The exceptional comprehensiveness, historical accuracy, maritime detail, and artistry are rare in the history of the pictorial documentation of the industry..." (Ingals, p. 9). These 16 scenes show the different stages of whale fishery: the search for a whale, the attempt to catch it, butchering it, hunting polar bears, ships getting caught in ice, etc. "The set's popularity must have been somewhat exceptional, for it appears in innumerable variations, copies, and extractions" (Ingals, p. 9). It is believed that Sieuwert van der Meulen made the original drawings for the set around 1720, just after the Dutch entered Davis Strait, opening vast new whaling grounds and bringing new vitality, prosperity and interest to the industry. The first series (Herring fishery) with text in Dutch and English. The second series (Whaling) with text in Dutch, English and German.With a couple minor smudges in the margins, otherwise in very good condition and wholly untrimmed. Wrappers rubbed along the extremities.
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