STORY OF TOBIAS. Set of 6 plates, complete. FIRST STATE, published 1579, numbered. Original design artist: Marten de Vos [signature]. Original engraver: Hieronymus/Jerome Wierix. Original publisher: Gerard de Jode (signature). Reference: New Hollstein 166.1 – 171.1 (de Vos); see Met Museum. Clean, sharp impressions, uncut, with full margins on fine laid paper, lightly toned; minor wrinkles to some inner margins; minor repairs to some lower edges. Excellent overall (see pics). Numbered in pen above the plate line, upper right, 166-171. Engraving size: 10.75″ x 7.75″. Full, uncut sheet: 13.5″ x 11″. Very strong impressions. Richly detailed. This iconic series, based on the apocryphal Book of Tobit, inspired countless artists over the centuries as a fine example of domestic life centered around Tobit’s son Tobias. Sets in three museum-quality portfolios (landscape).
Sold as a set only. This is the original, first, and complete set. Very Rare. COA on premium “gold leaf” paper with gold seal and signature, set in a Bifold Portfolio.