PARABLE OF THE TARES. Set of 4 plates, complete. First State. Engraved in 1568 (see pl. 1), but is believed to be first published in 1579 and again in 1585 from the same 1579 run; hence the same State. Unnumbered. Original design artist: G. Groenning. Original engraver: J. Furnius. Original publisher: G. de Jode. Reference: New Hollstein 92.1-95.1 (Groenning). SUPERIOR condition. Unmounted. Full margins on laid paper, lightly toned. Numbered in pen above the plate line, upper right, 246-249. Each engraving size: 9.5″ x 8″. Full, uncut sheet: 13.5″ x 11″. Strong impressions. Richly detailed. This is perhaps the most sought-after set in the New Testament, with a strong auction history. Plates are set in two museum-quality portfolios (landscape). Sold as a set only. This is the original, first, and complete set. Very Rare. Note: This set, in whole or in part, will be exhibited at the Hallie Ford Museum, Feb 10-Apr 29, in conjunction with The Hexham Abbey Bible. The buyer of this set must await delivery until the completion of the Exhibit at the end of April 2018. [Also available: Second State Visscher edition (1643), NH 92.2-95.2, $3750. If not yet on this site, call Historic Bibles at 541-990-9919 for pictures and purchase details.] [Plate 1] Jesus Preaches from the Boat. [Plate 2] Satan Sowing the Darnell. [Plate 3] Ready for the Harvest. [Plate 4] Burning the Tares.
Engravings set in two museum-quality Bifold Portfolios (landscape), of linen cloth and silk moire, within archival sleeves; COA on premium “gold-leaf” paper with gold seal and signature, set in an Archival Booklet.