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A man standing, holding a spear and a globe, surrounded by a lion left and an eagle right; the man stands with his left foot on a fish with a beak; Dutch letterpress on verso; illustration to Eduwaert de Dene's edition of Aesop's Fables, "De Warachtighe Fabulen der Dieren" (Pieter de Clerck, Bruges: 1567). c.1567
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Height: 124 millimetres (trimmed)
Width: 116 millimetres
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- This is the frontispiece of book containing 108 book-illustrations of Aesop's Fables by Marcus Gheeraerts, first published by Pieter de Clerck in Bruges in 1567. The volume is bound in a vellum cover, inscribed 'De Warachtighe Fabulen der Dieren'. The first blank leaf of the volume is inscribed in Dutch, in pencil 'Eduwaert de Dene is de dichter van dit werk. Marcus Gheeraerts heeft de teekeningen geleverd en gegraveerd.'. The watermark of the pages is unidentified.
The second edition counts 107 plates without a date. A third edition of 122 plates was published by Christoffel Plantijn in 1579 titled "Mythologia ethica". The fourth edition was published by de Vries in Amsterdam in 1617 as an illustration to Vondel's "Vorstelijke varande dieren".
For the complete volume see 1868,0612.113-220. For a series of seven copies in reverse by an unidentified engraver see Gg,4G.2-8 (for comment see Gg,4G.2). For a series of twelve copies in reverse that were intended to be used as trenchers also by an unidentified engraver see 1870,0514.1180-1191 (for comment see 1870,0514.1180).
Lit.: M. P.J. Martens (ed.), 'Bruges et la Renaissance: de Memling a Pourbus', exh.cat Memlingmuseum Bruges, 1998, no.156; J. van der Auwera et al., 'Jordaens and the Antique', exh.cat. Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts Brussels and Museumslandschaft Kassel, Brussels, 2012, pp.144-145.
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Associated Title: De Warachtighe Fabulen der Dieren (Bruges, 1567)
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