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An original copper plate etching and engraving with recent hand-color on watermarked laid paper by Dutch artist Michael Burghers (c.1647/1648-1727) titled “The New Testament”, 1680. Signed in the plate by Burghers lower left. Comes from the “Holy Bible” portfolio, 1685. Printed by John Baskett, printer to the King’s most Excellent Majesty, for Great Britain; and to the University, in Oxford, UK and published by Moses Pitt, Peter Parker, and Thomas Guy in 1685. Large watermark within center of sheet. Provenance: private collection – Cotswolds, UK. There is an example of this work in the permanent collection of the British Museum in London, UK. Sheet size: (irregular margins) 17.25″ x 10.5″. Image size: 14.75″ x 9.5″. Small tear and creasing to lower right side. Added paper attached with archival tape from verso to right margin due to close trimming. Typical light signs of wear associated with age. In otherwise generally very good condition with strong colors. Very rare.
In the foreground, John the Evangelist, holding a pen and writing on a scroll; to the left, an eagle perched on a rock; above, an angel, holding a banner and a scroll; in the distance, coastline and sea. Inscribed on St John’s scroll: “And I saw another Angel flie in the midst of heaven, having the Everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the Earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, Rev. 14. 6.”.