Excudebat Antverpie Everardus Hoeswinckel, anno 1583.
Very elongated oblong 4to [275 x 120 mm]. Few scratches on the covers. Contemporary soft vellum.
First state of the 20 engravings.
The set comprises “a frontispiece and 20 copper-engraved plates (210 x 85 mm), unnumbered”.
J. Thiebaud (Bibliographie des ouvrages français sur la chasse), says it is “very rare”.
The engravings represent horses, deers, cows, rabbits, bears, boars, dog, butterflies, ostriches, birds, ducks, swans, peacocks …
They are the work of Queen Elizabeth of England’s painter, Marcus Gheeraerts the Elder, born in Bruges towards 1530.
Painter and engraver, he studied with his father, Eghbert Gerards, in the Guilde in Bruges in 1558, then with Marten de Vos. In 1571 he was a painter for the queen Elizabeth of England.
A work by a great artist in contemporary condition.