Paris: Israël Henriet, 1636. Folio (275 x 185 mm). 488 etchings (215 x 120 mm and similar) on 124 sheets including title with the arms of Richelieu, frontispiece, dedication and text. Contemporary vellum. Good impressions of the second states (the frontispiece third state), watermarks Posthorn (similar to Lieure 47). Occasional very pale foxing and toning at the sheet edges, the title-page worn, otherwise in good condition. Provenance: purchased from Davis, 1956. From the Collection of Arthur & Charlotte Vershbow. Item #401734
FIRST EDITION, second states. This is one of Callot’s final works, dedicated to Cardinal Richelieu. Callot worked on the series from 1632 to 1635, dying with the plates still in his possession. It is characteristic of his late works made at Nancy, which were mostly of a religious nature. The plates here “differed from his contemporaneous work in method, for often they were almost completely drawn in line, with very little shading … The frontispiece is Callot’s Tintoretto-like Assumption of the Virgin” (Bechtel, Jacques Callot, 1955, p. 32, pls. 173-5). Lieure 807-1295.