The Seven Planets

beham sunHans Sebald Beham (1500-1550), The Seven Planets, engravings, the set of 7, c. 1540. Reference: Bartsch Appendix 5, 11-17; Pauli 1364-70. In generally good condition, with thread margins or outside of borderlines except Mercury trimmed within borderline at top and sides, Jupiter trimmed within borderline at right, Sun slight paper loss upper right, other minor defects, slight scattered foxing; each print about 75 x 50 mm, 3 x 2 inches, matted.

Very good to fine impressions of this rarely encountered complete set.

Provenance: Furst du Furstenberg (Lugt 995, his stamp verso each print).

The Seven Planets includes: Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, the Sun, Venus, Mercury, and the Moon.  Each is initaled (ISB), titled in the ribbon at the top, and with a few words of explanation (in Latin) in a bottom margin that has been left intact in these impressions.

Beham was one of the Northern Renaissance Little Masters, so called because of their eminence in producing small-scale engravings such as A Mask Held by Two Genii.  Beham was born in Nuremberg in 1500, and may have trained under Durer, though his training is no more certain than that of his younger brother Barthel.  He made his first engraving in 1518, and later became known for producing woodcuts, as well as engravings.

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