2 [WHALING]. Seylen in 't ys 106


Description: [WHALING].
Seylen in 't ys, en soeken na de walvis. | La navigation dans la glace, et chercher du baleine.| Il veleggiare nel ghiaccio, & cercare del baleno. | Das Seeglen ins Eiß, und suchen des Wallfisches.
Augsburg, Georg Balthasar Probst, [ca. 1745]. Etched print (plate size: 31 x 42 cm) on watermarked laid paper (32 x 45 cm).
€ 700
First state of a large print of a whale hunting scene in the first half of the 18th century, with the title below in Dutch, French, Italian and German. It shows ships sailing through the (Greenland) ice, whale boats giving chase, a harpooned whale and two polar bears on an ice berg.
Georg Balthasar Probst (1673-1748 or 1750) was the first of three generations of Augsburg engravers and publishers of maps and prints. He based this print, and three others, on four in a series of 16 drawn by Sieuwert van der Meulen, engraved by Adolf van der Laan, and published by Petrus Schenk ca. 1720/25.
Some soiling, lower right corner slightly chipped, a small tear not affecting text or image. Overall in good condition.
Ingalls, Lothrop collection 144 (later state); Kendall Whaling Museum prints 233.
  • Number: 1011728
  • Dealer: Speculum Orbis Nauticum

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