Antwerp. Adrian Collaert. unbound. View. Uncolored engraving. Images measures 7.25" x 10.75" very good.
Beautiful impression from Stradanus' "Americae Retectio", circa 1600. The night scene depicts Amerigo Vespucci measuring the earth's circumference based on the constellation of the Southern Cross. The explorer is surrounded by various technological instruments and his sleeping crew. An inset includes a portrait of Dante Alighieri, who wrote about the same constellation in his "Divine Comedy". Johannes Stradanus or van der Straat, (1523-1605) was a Flemish artist but spent much of his life in Florence. Stradanus sent his original drawings of "Nova Reperta" ("New Inventions"), a Renaissance celebration of recent discoveries both scientific and geographical, to Antwerp where they were first engraved and published by Phillipe Galle. This edition was engraved by Adrian Collaert, who worked for Galle. Nice margins, slight glue residue to corners.