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lower left, in plate, in image: Martinus Heemskerck inventor; lower right, in plate, in image: Caeca / Paupertas; upper left; in plate, in image: TOBIAS; lower right, in plate, numbered in image: 6 (reversed); below image, in plate: Quanta seni TOBIÆ fuerit patientia, quauta / Asperiras vitæ tam longo tempore, rebus / Amissis, oculisque, docent veteris monumenta / Scripturæ, sed iniquo animo haud tulit, immo / Cernere quem mundi nescit Sapientia, cæcus / Ipse fide agnouit, soli cui fidit in æuum. (From the books of the Old Testament we learn of the great endurance of old Tobias, and of the bitterness of his life for so long after he had lost his possessions and his sight. But he bore his afflictions calmly; yea more, blind himself he saw in faith him whom the wisdom of the world cannot perceive, and upon him alone he placed his trust for evermore. [translation from Veldman, Ilja. "Dirck Volkertsz. Coornhert and Heemskerck's allegories." In Maarten van Heemskerck and Dutch humanism in the sixteenth century, p.67. Maarssen: Gary Schwartz, 1977.])

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(Craddock and Barnard, London); purchased by NGA, 1974.

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Craddock and Barnard
Bibliography
1949
Hollstein, F.W.H. et al. German engravings, etchings and woodcuts ca. 1400-1700. 8 vols. Amsterdam: Menno Hertzberger, 1954-1868. Dutch and Flemish etchings, engravings and woodcuts, ca. 1450-1700. Vols. I-XV, XVIII, XIX. Amsterdam: Menno Hertzberger.
1993
The New Hollstein Dutch & Flemish Etchings, Engravings and Woodcuts, 1450-1700. Maarten van Heemskerck. Parts I and II. Compiled by Ilja M. Veldman and edited by Ger Luijten. Roosendaal: Koninklijke van Poll, 1993.
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