Africa natives Kingdom of Mutapa Lion Clothing 1719 antique Mallet World printBrian DiMambro- Antique & Vintage Maps, Prints, Books & Gold Coins
Ples. de Monomotapa
(Natives of the Kingdom of Mutapa, Southern Africans, Clothing Made of Lion Pelt, Hunter, Long Spear, Shona Kingdom, Fine Jewelry, Pearl Necklace)
Published 1719, Frankfurt am Main, Germany for A.M. Mallet's "
Beschreibung des Welt"
Charming original antique engraved German print.
Produced in a manner utterly unique to this era in terms of engraving technique and paper. At this date all paper was hand-made, so made from pulped rags versus wood pulp. This means the paper is very durable and should last for many more years.
The paper clearly shows signs of being almost 300 years old. Some typical age toning, light scattered foxing entirely typical and normal for Mallet prints of this era. The copper plates used for Mallet's work went through a long life of usage and many later issues of Mallet engravings are washed out and devoid of much detail. This example is full of detail often missing on later states. The inking is a pleasing borderline dark; a nice overall visual quality .
Could readily be collected on it's own merits, displayed or given as a present.
Nice looking print, in Good antiquarian condition- if you like genuine old paper items with minor flaws and imperfections, you will like this item. If you are seeking perfect and like new, this old original print is not the item for you.
Please inspect scan closely - any noteworthy flaws to the printed surface area should be noticeable within pictures provided. This image forms a central part of the item description and we encourage you to study it carefully. We will send the actual antique print shown.
[ note: We grade very conservatively. We are doing our best to show & describe this item so you are happy when it arrives ].
An interesting antique print that any collector, dealer, institution or person of taste would be happy to own or display.
Sheet measures c. 5 5/8" W x 7 3/4" H.
Engraved area measures c. 3 7/8" W x 6" H.