2 PEETERS, J. 108 Antique views Middle East / Virtual Fair 106


Description: 108 engraved prints centred around the Great Turkish War, with 14 views of the Arabian Peninsula

PEETERS, Jacob and Johannes.
[Drop-title of letterpress text:] Korte beschryvinghe, ende aenwysinghe der plaetsen in desen boeck, naar hunnen tegenwoordighen standt, pertinentelyck uyt-ghebeeldt, in Oostenryck.

[Antwerp], Jacob Peeters, [ca. 1685]. Small oblong folio (17.5 x 29 cm). Contemporary red paper-covered boards. Collection of 108 engraved prints published by Jacob Peeters, starting with 9 engraved scenes of the siege of Vienna after Romeyn de Hooghe (numbered 1-10, but lacking plate 1), and followed by 99 engraved city views after drawings by Jacob Peeters, engraved by Lucas Vorsterman and Gaspar Bouttats. The city views are preceded by a 12 page letterpress text giving descriptions of the towns, with the drop-title: Korte beschryvinghe, ende aenwysinghe der plaetsen in desen boeck and incorporate 5 separate series: 4 with the titles: Civitates Hungariae inferiores; Diverse viste della cita in Candia, Malta, come nel archipelago; Diverse vis te delli Dardaneli del' dtrecio come delle città e castelli nel archipelago; and Divarse viste delli Luoghi e Contrade di Barbaria e il Stretto di Gibaltar; and another untitled series with views from the Arabian Peninsula.

Interesting collection of engraved prints centred around the Great Turkish War (1667-1683), a series of conflicts between the Ottoman Empire and Europe. The collection can be divided into 2 general parts: the first with engraved scenes of the siege of Vienna after Romeyn de Hooghe, and the second with nearly a hundred views of the involved cities. This second part contains 5 separate series, with views of Lower Hungary, Crete and the Maltese Archipelago, the Dardanelles and the Aegean archipelago, the Strait of Gibraltar and North Africa, and the Arabian Peninsula. The series of 14 views of Arabia, includes Mecca, Jerusalem (2), Bethlehem, Kidron Valley, Mount Sinai, Antiochia, the Valley of Terebinthu, Hurcasdin near Aleppo, the springs of Marah, Ramma Valley, a valley near Jerusalem with the Mar Elias Monastery, and a view of Suez with the mountains of Arabia in the background.
The collection was published by Jacob Peeters (1637-1695), and most of the engravings are made after drawings by his brother Johannes, or Jan, Peeters (1625-1677), best known for his drawings of city views engraved by Merian. Johannes Peeters was a pupil of their eldest brother Bonaventura Peeters, a well-known painter and draughtsman, and specialized in maritime scenes as well-shown in the present views, often depicting harbours with several ships.

The number of plates vary from copy to copy, but the present collection seems to lack at least 1 plate: the first of the scenes of the siege of Vienna. Some occasional foxing and minor stains. Binding rubbed and spine worn and cracked. Good copy.
Atabey 933 (Dutch edition, 63 plates); Landwehr, De Hooghe Book Illustrator 82 (French ed. with unclear amount of plates); Weber 816 (Dutch edition, 125 plates); for related series: cf. Atabey 934; Blackmer 1276-1277; Hollstein (Dutch & Flemish) XVIII, p. 28, 1, III, p. 175, 23 & XLII, pp. 123-133, 60-78; Le Blanc, p. 156; Nagler XI, pp. 165-166; Weber 821.
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