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Archetypa studiaque patris Georgii Hoefnagelii Iacobus F. genio duce ab ipso scalpta, omnibus philomusis amica D: ac perbenique communicat. I. Chr. Weigel excudit
Frankfurt am Main, [1592]. Small oblong 4to. Engraved title page from the Pars Prima, plates 1, 3-11; Pars Secunda with engraved title page, plates 1-3, 5-10, 12; Pars Tertia (title page not present) plates 4-10. All plates are partly hand-coloured in an old (but probably not contemporary) hand. In 20th century cloth box.* While a complete set of this very rare work comprises four parts with 48 plates and four titles, this copy of the first three parts of the set has 29 plates in total. Ten engravings have been mounted, several plates repaired and several margins thumbed. The plates illustrate fruits, flowers - including tulips, irisses, orchids - with many different insects, snails, frogs, apes, mice, crabs, etc. This work is generally renowned for its finely executed entomological illustrations. Joris (Georgius) Hoefnagel (1542-1601) produced the Archetypa during his 'Frankfurt period' which was between 1591 and 1594. "The Archetypa were engraved as a reproduction of a collection of models and served in turn as a pattern book for other artists" (quote from Archetypa Studiaque Patris... Natur, Poetry and Science in Art around 1600, by Thea Vignau-Wilberg, Staatliche Graphische Sammlung M√ľnchen, 1994). Hollstein IX, 17-64; Horn-Schenkling, 10472; Nissen ZBI, 1954.
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