Antwerp: Philip Galle, ca. 1590.
Each plate depicts a biblical scene and incorporates an illustration of one or more musical instruments, with reference in Latin text beneath each image to the musical instrument/s depicted. Each ca. 220 x 285 mm with narrow margins.
Saul among the Prophets
I Samuel x, 10-11
Timbrels, harp, drums, cornet, trumpet
David playing the harp before Saul
I Samuel xvi, 23
Solomon takes the Tabernacle into the Temple, the Levites singing.
2 Chronicles v, 4-6
Trumpets, timbrel, harp, horns, drums, flute, [?]rebec, cymbals
Elijah and the Kings. Minstrel plays before the Kings of Israel, Judah, and Edom
2 Kings iii, 13-17
Sacrifice of King Asa, People of Judah rejoicing
2 Chronicles xv, 10-15
Trumpets, cornets, horns, timbrels, flute
Coronation of King Joas
2 Chronicles xxiii, 11
Trumpets, harp, horn, drums, cymbals, timbrel, triangle
Inauguration of Jerusalem's Walls by Nehemiah
Nehemiah xii, 27-39
Cymbals, harps, trumpets, horns
Rededication of the Temple by Simon Maccabaeus
I Maccabaeus (Apocrypha) xiii, 49-51
Harp, timbrels, trumpet, horn, flute
The Glory of the Lamb
Revelations v, 8, and xv, 7-8
Miknor wear; occasional foxing; laid down to mounting paper. In very good condition overall.
The complete set consists of 18 plates including the title (by Andreas Pevernage (1543-91), including a six-part song "Nata et grata polo," a preface in letterpress counted as plate 2, and 16 plates numbered 3-18. Complete copies are very rare. Deutsch locates 5 complete copies only (at the Library of Congress; the Paris Conservatoire; the State Library in Berlin; the Paul Hirsch Library, now in the British Museum; and an unlocated copy that sold at auction). See Encomium Musices, No. 6 of the Harrow Replicas, Cambridge: W. Heffer & Sons, ca. 1950.
Price: $4,000.00 other currencies