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Auction 96, Lot 3

"[Frontispiece]", Mercator/Hondius

Subject: Frontispiece

Period: 1620 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

8 x 5.8 inches
20.3 x 14.7 cm
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Fascinating engraving featuring three women sitting around a globe (representing youth, middle age and old age) with a devil and an angel above them. Latin text block in each corner. At lower right is "nascentes morimur, finis off origine pendet" (with the birth we are already dying, the end exists from the outset) and at lower left is the Bible verse Job 14. The scene is filled with allegorical imagery.


Condition: A

Estimate: $240 - $275

Sold for: $160

Closed on 9/12/2001