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Auction 132, Lot 7

"Alle de Werken van Flavius Josephus", Mortier, Pierre

Subject: Title Pages

Period: 1704 (published)


Color: Hand Color

8.5 x 13.5 inches
21.6 x 34.3 cm

This striking title page is from the first Dutch edition of Flavius Josephus' history of the Jewish War (AD 66-73). It was engraved by the famous Dutch brothers Jan and Kaspar Luyken. The central image is a dramatic rendition of the destruction of the Temple by Roman soldiers with a shackled maiden in the foreground beside an abandoned high priest's vestments. Six small vignettes illustrate important events in Jewish history; at upper center is a view of the earth as the center of the universe.


Condition: A

There is some minor soil and a tiny tear in the blank margins.

Estimate: $150 - $200

Sold for: $250

Closed on 6/2/2010