JAN SADELER I
1550 - 1600
THE SEVEN PLANETS (PLANETARUM EFFECTUS ET EORUM IN SIGNIS ZODIACI) (HOLLSTEIN 517-524)
The complete set, comprising eight engravings after Maarten de Vos, 1585, the title page the first state (of two), the additional plates the only states, very fine, uniform impressions, printing with great contrasts, on paper with a Double-Headed Eagle watermark (cf. Briquet 254, dated 1581) and an initial W countermark, each unframed
each plate: approx. 240 by 247mm 9½ by 9¾in
each sheet: approx. 258 by 260mm 10⅛ by 10¼in
With wide margins, mostly in good condition, occasional creases and areas of minor surface soiling, unobtrusive pale discoloration in places, pen and ink numbering in the upper margins, unframed.
Imperfections to individual plates include:
Title page: A few skilfully repaired tears, two extending into the subject (the longest measuring approx. 16cm), a pin hole in Jupiter's chest.
Luna: Unobtrusive damp stains at the lower corners.
Jupiter: The contour of the eagle in the foreground pricked for transfer, the left margin thinned and repaired, a short repaired tear in the lower margin.
Venus: A small oil stain above the birds.
In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE.