“Joash and Queen Athaliah”. FIRST STATE. Plate #1 in the 4 plate series “The Story of Joash and Queen Athaliah,” 1567. Conceptual Artist: Maarten van Heemskerck (signature). Engraver: Harman Muller (signature). Publisher: Gerard de Jode (signature). Reference: New Hollstein 139.1 (Heemskerck). Image is unmounted on laid paper, 9.5″ x 7.5″; with full margins, 13.6″ x 10.8″. A clean and sharp impression; nicely detailed. Older repairs to bottom edge (not noticable from front). A superior example of Netherlandish engraving, the scene taken from 2 Kings 11 (= IIII Reg. Cap. XI).
Engraving and COA set in a large museum-quality Bifold Portfolio (landscape) of linen cloth and silk moire, within archival sleeves; COA on premium “gold leaf” paper with gold seal and signature.