“Solomon’s Wise Judgment”. FIRST STATE. From Gerard de Jode’s monumental Thesaurus Sacrarum historiarum Veteris et Novi Testamentum, published in 1585. Conceptual Artist: Jan Snellinck. Engraver: J. Collaert 1. Publisher: G. de Jode (signature). Reference: New Hollstein 50.1 (Collaert). Image is unmounted on laid paper, 9.5″ x 7.25″; with full margins, 13.8″ x 10.8″. A clean and sharp impression; nicely detailed. Older repair of a closed tear, 1″ at bottom edge. A fine example of Netherlandish engraving, the scene taken from 1 Kings 3 (=3 Reg. Cap. 3).
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.