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One  of  the  quite  early  Representations  of  Bird  Hunting

Stradanus, Johannes (= Jan van der Straet, Brugge 1523 – Florence 1605). Intentus merulis Auceps, sic retia tendit. Bird Hunt with Crossbows (Balesters). The variety of bird hunting in picturesque landscape. Engraving with etching. (1578.) 8½ × 11½ in (21.5 × 29.2 cm).

Stradanus, Bird Hunt with Crossbows

Nagler, Stradanus, XVII, 449; Wurzbach, Philip Galle, 27; Schwerdt II, 227; Catalogue DJM, 1979, 5759 with ills. p. 66 (engraving + contemp. ballester).

Sheet 32 of the 2nd part of Venationes ferarum … of altogether 104 – later supposedly even more – sheets, worked after Stradanus by various engravers and published by Ph. Galle (1537 Antwerp 1612). The plates, however, had been used in other compilations, too. Here without number which neither seems to have been removed between the Latin distich. – Rest of chain watermark. – With surrounding margin of 4-5 mm and mounted by old before previous binding on laid paper. The resulting centerfold barely visible only. – Backed tear in the mounting paper.

Marvelous  impression  still  with  plate  dirt  in  the  text  margin  of  this

instructive  and  by  its  variety  especially  charming  early  representation .

Big in the foreground three hunters marching out with schneppers, bell, and further devices, while a returning one presents his bag (snipes?) to those staying home. Below the terrace an equally armed group of three, combing a small wood. In the middle distance then the working with lime-twigs, the hating against the decoy-birds. Scattered partly imposing estates.

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