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on banderole at upper center, in plate: L'aage premier d'une innocence Saincte / A ces vivans a porta ce ben heur, / Que franchement sans loy, force, ou contrainte / On, maintenoit la foy, le droit, l'honneur. / L'amour n'es toit suget au blasonneur, / Ains pouuoit on de s'amie es tre aymé, / Hanté, baisé, sans craindre deshonneur: Dont a bon droit l'aage d'Or fut nommé.; on banderole at upper left, in plate: Ao; on banderole at upper right, in plate: 1608; on cartouche at bottom center, in plate: Aurea Saturno Rutilabant Secula Rege / Nectaris et passim flumina lactis crant / Sponte decus florum tellus inculta ferebat / Bacchiq[ue] et Cereris sponte ferebat opes.; on banderole at bottom center, in plate: Abram Blommaert Inventor. / Johan Theodore de Bry excudebat; on verso, at center, in graphite by a later hand: 140

Marks and Labels

verso, stamped in purple ink: Ernst Friederich Georg Otto von der Malsburg (Lugt 1849bis)

Provenance

Ernst Friederich Georg Otto von der Malsburg [1786-1824], Schloss Escheberg, near Kassel, Germany; (Hollstein & Puppel, Berlin, Schloss 'E' sale 41, May 1929, no. 140); purchased by Lessing J. Rosenwald [1891-1979], 1929; gift to NGA, 1943.

Bibliography
1949
Hollstein, F.W.H. et al. Dutch and Flemish etchings, engravings and woodcuts, ca. 1450-1700. Vols. I-XV, XVIII, XIX. Amsterdam: Menno Hertzberger.
2014
The New Hollstein Dutch & Flemish Etchings, Engravings and Woodcuts, 1450-1700. Nicolaes de Bruyn. Compiled by Lorena A. Baines and edited by Nadine M. Orenstein. Ouderkerk aan den Ijssell: Sound & Vision Publishers, 2014, no. 215, copy a.
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