"Tocht naer Nova Zemla in den Jaere MDXCVI", Leti, Gregorio
Subject: Prints - Walrus Hunting
Period: 1690 (published)
Publication: Teatro Belgico
Color: Hand Color
13.3 x 10.3 inches
33.8 x 26.2 cm
This is a fascinating copper engraving depicts a battle between the crew of a small boat and a large walrus, with ships, polar bears, seals and whales in the background. The event took place on the Barentz expedition to locate a Northern passage to the East Indies in 1596. Engraved by Jan Luyken.
References: Shirley (BL Atlases) G.LETI-2a.
A sharp impression on paper with a jester watermark, light toning along the edges of the sheet, and a tiny centerfold separation at bottom that has been repaired with old paper.