“Kain & Abel”. FIRST STATE. Framed. Complete set of 3 plates, known as “The History of Kain and Abel” published in G. de Jode’s Thesaurus sacrarum historiarum. Numbered plates 1, 2, 3. Ref: Hollstein 47.1 – 49.1 (Sadeler). Conceptual artist, Michael de Coxcij (signature, plates 1, 3). Engraver, Jan Sadeler I (signature, plates 1, 3); monogram pl. 6). Publisher, Gerard de Jode (signature, plate 1), 1576 (dated, plate 1). Engravings uncut on laid paper, 11″ x 8″, with wide margins 13.5″ x 10.5″. Images are clean and sharp impressions. Repair to lower right corners, not affecting plates. Minor waviness. Plate 1 with minor stain to right margin, and a bit into the plate (see pics). Plate 3 with burn holes to Eve (mourning Abel). Each engraving is quite detailed; a very fine set indeed, with all the artists’ signatures. From the story in Genesis 4. Sold as a set only.
This set was exhibited at the Hallie Ford Museum, 2018, as part of the “Holy Beauty” Exhibit.
3 engravings are set in three museum-quality frames, as originally exhibited. COA on premium “gold leaf” paper with gold seal and signature; set in a Bifold Portfolio.