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Callot, De Droeve Ellendigheden van den Oorlooch seer aerdigh en konstighafgebee

Callot, Jacques.

De Droeve Ellendigheden van den Oorlooch seer aerdigh en konstighafgebeeldt door Jaques Callot Loreijns Edelman. [Dutch edition of Callot’s most famous suite: “Les Miseres et malheurs de la guerre” (Translates: “The miseries and misfortunes of war”) originally published in France in 1633].

[Amsterdam], Gerret van Schagen, [n.d., approximately 1730] Oblong – 8°. 18 original plates (including Frontispiece) with 20 interleaved, blank pages. All plates subtitled in dutch. 19th century Hardcover with label in english on front board. Callot’s most famous suite, Les Misères et malheurs de la guerre (the miseries and misfortunes of war, 1633), produced following Richelieu’s invasion of Lorraine during the Thirty Years War. Oblong Large Octavo. Engraved titlepage in dutch plus 17 plates after Callot by Leon Schenk, numbered 2-18, each plate with 6 lines of verse by l’abbé Michel de Marolles. Plates 3-3/4 x 7-3/4 inches, mounted on larger leaves, titled in french in manuscript-writing. Both contemporary marbled boards cleanly detached (needs repair or new binding. Inside with only minor foxing. The plates clean and fresh.

Jacques Callot was a baroque printmaker and draftsman from the Duchy of Lorraine (an independent state on the north-eastern border of France, southwestern border of Germany and overlapping the southern Netherlands). He is an important person in the development of the old master print. He made more than 1,400 etchings that chronicled the life of his period, featuring soldiers, clowns, drunkards, Gypsies, beggars, as well as court life. He also etched many religious and military images, and many prints featured extensive landscapes in their background.

His most famous prints are his two series of prints each on “the Miseries and Misfortunes of War”. These are known as Les Grandes Misères de la guerre, consisting of 18 prints published during 1633, and the earlier and incomplete Les Petites Misères — referring to their sizes, large and small (though even the large set are only about 8 x 13 cm). These images show soldiers pillaging and burning their way through towns, country and convents, before being variously arrested and executed by their superiors, lynched by peasants, or surviving to live as crippled beggars. At the end the generals are rewarded by their monarch. During 1633, the year the larger set was published, Lorraine had been invaded by the French during the Thirty Years’ War and Callot’s artwork is still noted with Francisco Goya’s Los Desastres de la Guerra (The Disasters of War), which was influenced by Callot, as among the most powerful artistic statements of the inhumanity of war. (Wikipedia)

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Callot, De Droeve Ellendigheden van den Oorlooch
Callot, De Droeve Ellendigheden van den Oorlooch
Callot, De Droeve Ellendigheden van den Oorlooch
Callot, De Droeve Ellendigheden van den Oorlooch