“Crossing the Red Sea”, from THE STORY OF MOSES AND PHARAOH, plate 8 (of 8), 1585. FIRST STATE, published 1585, numbered. Original design artist: Maerten van Cleve. Original engraver: Johannes Wierix (signature/monogram). Original publisher: Gerard de Jode. Reference: Hollstein 33.1 (Wierix). Clean and sharp impression, uncut, with full margins; print is a bit “wavy” on the left side; crease to lower left corner, not into the plate; light smudges to lower margin (see pics). Numbered in pen above the plate line, upper right, 56 (numbered according to de Jode’s 1585 Thesaurus sacrarum historiarum Veterus et Novi Testamentum from which these plates came. Engraving size: 11.1″ x 7.75″. Full, uncut sheet: 13.5″ x 11″. Strong impression. Several scenes on the plate, richly detailed. From the story in Exodus 14.
Engraving and premium COA set in a museum-quality portfolios (landscape); black linen covers, silk moire linings, archival sleeves as recommended by the Library of Congress.