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Mortier - 1700 (Old Testament w/ Apocrapha)

These prints are from the famous Mortier "Great Bible." The images are by the most important illustrators of the day including Jan Luyken (1649-1712), and Bernard Picart (1673-1733). They were copied in many later editions in various languages, but none of the later editions were as sumptuous. Each page of thin, handmade paper with watermarks, had two engravings. Titles are in Dutch and French. The illustrations from the book were republished in 1968. 20 of the 60 we have are listed below. Those below are mostly from Judges [written "Judicum"] and the Jewish Apocrapha.

[Top] III Machabeen II:26 Curiositie de Phylopator ... [Bottom] III. Machabeen VI:25 Dieu delivre les Juifs de la fureur of Phylopater. J. Luycke[!] inv.; P. Mortier edit cum Privil.; pg.141 [from an apocraphal book of the Old Testament]
Subject: [Top] Philopater is so impressed by the temple in Jerusalem that he wants to go inside. "...his audacity so increased that, he raised evil reports there, and many of his friends, watching his purpose attentively, joined in furthering his will. [Bottom] God delivers the Jews from the power of Philopater.
Page size:  16.75" x 10.5"; Image size: 14" x 9.25" Condition:  good impression w/ no important problems. #MO141  SOLD

[Top] II Machabees VII:1 Martire de sept Macabees ... [Bottom] I Machabees II:23 Generosite de Matathias. M. Picart In.[?] M. Pool[?]. Sc.; P. Mortier edit cum Privil.; pg.140 [from an apocraphal book of the Old Testament]
Subject: 2 fine Picart scenes. [Top] "It came to pass also, that seven brethren with their mother were taken, and compelled by the king against the law to taste swine's flesh, and were tormentd with scourges and whips." [Bottom] "...there came one of the Jews in the sight of all to sacrifice on the altar...Which thing when Matthias saw, he was inflamed with zeal, ... neither could he forear to shew his anger according to judgment: wherefore he ran, and slew him upon the altar."
Page size:  16.75" x 10.75"; Image size: 13.75" x 9" Condition:  good impression w/ no important problems. #MO140  SOLD
[Top] II Machabees III:23 Heliodore battu de verges. [Bottom] II Machabees V:3 Dieu ... sur Jerusalem des Armees en l'air. M. Pool[?]. Sc.; B. Picart In.; P. Mortier edit cum Privil.; pg.139 [from an apocraphal book of the Old Testament]
Subject: Two beautiful Picards [Top] "Nevertheless Heliodorus executed that which was decreed." [Bottom] "and troops of horsemen in array...with shaking of shields, and multitude of pikes, and drawing of swords...and glittering of golden ornaments...Wherefore every man prayed that that apparition might turn to good."
Page size:  17" x 10.5"; Image size: 14" x 9.25" Condition:  good impression w/ no important problems even though bottom and top edges folded and there is a 1/8" bald spot in one of the printed margins.
Cost:  $10   #MO139  keywords: 2Macabees3 2 Macabees5 army war battle apocrapha
[Top] II Machabees IX:8 Mort de ... Antiochus. [Bottom] I Machabees VI:43 Mort Genereuse d'Eleazar. Goeree Inv; Scherm Fecit.; P. Mortier edit cum Privil.; pg.137 [from an apocraphal book of the Old Testament]
Subject: 2 fine scenes by Goeree. The elephant in the lower picture is one of the most poweful renderings of this scene. [Top] "And thus he that a little afore thought he might command the waves of the sea, (so proud was he beyond the condition of men)...was now cast on the ground, and carried in an horselitter, shewing forth unto all the manifest power of God." [Bottom] "Eleazar...perceiving that one of the beasts,...was higher than all the rest, and supposing that the king was upon him...wherefore he ran upon him courageously through the midst of the battle, slaying on the right hand and on the left,...he crept under the elephant, and thrust him under, and slew him: whereupon the elephant fell down upon him, and there he died."
Page size:  17" x 10.75"; Image size: 14" x 9.25" Condition:  good impression w/ no important problems.
Cost:  $10   #MO137  Keywords: 2Macabees9 1Macabees6 apocrapha war
[Top] Daniel VIII:3-9[?] Seconde vision ... [Bottom] Daniel X:5-10[?] Troisieme vision de Daniel. B. Picart Inv.; A. Reinhard Fecit.; P. Mortier edit cum Privil.; pg.125
Subject: [Top] "Then I lifted up my eyes, and saw,...there stood before the river a ram which had two horns: and the two horns were high; but one was higher than the other, and the higher came up last." [Bottom] "I lifted up my eyes, and looked, and behold a certain man clothed in linen, whose loins were girded with fine gold...his body also was like the beryl, and his face like the appearance of lightning, and his eyes wlike torches of fire..."
Page size:  15.75" x 10.75"; Image size: 14.25" x 9.25" Condition:  fair impression w/ no important problems. Cost:  SOLD   #MO125  Keywords: Daniel8 Daniel10
[Top] Judicum [Judges] I:6 Punition d'Adonibeses. [Bottom] Judicum III:14-22 Heglon tue par Ehud. J. Goeree del.; H. Elaud[?] Sculp..; P. Mortier edit cum Privil.; pg.65
Subject: [Top] "...Adoni-beseq fled; and they pursued after him, and caught him and cut off his thumbs and his great toes..." [Bottom] "So the children of Yisra'el served 'Eglon the king of Mo'av, for eightenn years. But when the children of Yisra'el cried to the Lord, the Lord raised them up a deliverer, Ehud...a left-handed man...and 'Eglon was a very fat man...And Ehud said, I have a message from God to thee. So he arose out of his seat. And Ehud put forth his left hand, and...thrust it into his belly...and the fat closed upon the blade...."
Page size:  16" x 10.25"; Image size: 14" x 9.25" Condition:  good impression but browning that can be seen in images especially if held to light. Still quite nice and by a famous artist.
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[Top] Judicum [Judges] IV:17 Sisera luc par Jahel. [Bottom] Judicum VI:11-21 Vocation & Sacrifice de Gedeon. Goeree Inv.; Laeter Fecit.; P. Mortier edit cum Privil.; pg.66
Subject: [Top] "But Sisera fled away by foot to the tent of Ya'el the wife of Hever...for there was peace between Yavin the king of Hazor..." [Bottom] "And there came an angel of the Lord...and his son Gid'on was threshing...And the Lord turned to him...Go...and thou shalt save Yisrae'el...And Gid'on went in, and made ready a kid, and unleavened cakes...Then the angel of the Lord stretched out the end of the staff that was in his hand, and touched the meat and the unleavened cakes; and the fire rose up out of the rock, and consumed the meat and the unleavened cakes." Page size:  15.75" x 10.25"; Image size: 14.25" x 9.25" Condition:  good impression but browning that can be seen in images especially if held to light. Still quite nice and by a famous artist. #MO66  SOLD
[Top] Judicum [Judges] VI:36-40 Miracle de la Toison. [Bottom] Judicum VII:3[?]-8 Soldats choisis de Gedeon. J. Goeree delin.; J. Baptist Fecit.; P. Mortier edit cum Privil.; pg.67
Subject: [Top] "...I will put a fleece of wool on the threshing floor; and if there be dew on the fleece only, and it be dry on all the ground elsewhere, then shall I know that thou wilt save Yisrae'el by my hand...And it was so..." [Bottom] "...and the Lord said to Gid'on, Every one that laps of the water with his tongue, as a dog laps, him shalt thou set by himself...And the number of them that lapped...were three hundred...And the Lord said to Gid'on, By the three hundred men that lapped will I save you..." Page size:  16.25" x 10.75"; Image size: 14" x 9" Condition:  good impression though with overall browning.
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[Top] Judicum [Judge] XI:30 Fille de Jephte ... [Bottom] Judicum XIII:19-20 Sacrifice de Manoah. Goeree Inv.; P. Mortier edit cum Privil.; pg.69
Subject: [Top] "Then Yiftah vowed a vow to the Lord, and said, If thou shalt deliver the children of 'Ammon into my hands, then whatever comes out of the doors of my hourse to meet me,...shall surely be the Lord's..." [Bottom] "So Manoah took the kid with the meal offering, and offered it upon the rock to the Lord: and the angel did wondrously, and Manoah and his wife looked on. For it came to pass, when the flame went up towrd heaven from off the altar, that the angel of the Lord ascended in the flame of the altar. And Manoah and his wife looked on it, and fell on their faces to the ground."
Page size:  15.75" x 10"; Image size: 14.25" x 9.25" Condition:  good impression but browning that can be seen in images especially if held to light. Still quite nice and by a famous artist.
#MO69  SOLD
[Top] Judicum [Judges] XVI:4 Samson trahi par Dalila. [Bottom] Judicum XVI:23-30 Samson se venge de ses Enemis en est Mort. O. Elgers Inv.; P. Mortier edit cum Privil.; pg.72
Subject: [Top] Delilah cuts Samson's hair. [Bottom] "...And Shimshon took hold of the two central pillars upon which the house stood...Let me die with the Pelishtim....and the house fell upon the lords, and upon all the people that were in it. So the dead whom he slew at his death were more than those whom he slew in his life."
Page size:  16" x 10.25"; Image size: 14" x 9" Condition:  good impression but browning that can be seen in images especially if held to light. Still very nice and of an important subjects.
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[Top] Judicum [Judges] XIX:24-30 Femme d'un Levite .... [Bottom] Judicum XXI:19-23 Benjamites enlevent les Filles de Scilo. O. Elgers Inv.; P. Mortier edit cum Privil.; pg.73
Subject: [Top] "...here is my daughter a virgin, and his concubine;...ravish them, and do with them what seems good to you...And when he was come to his house, he took a knife, and laid hold of his concubine, and divided her, together with her bones, into twelve pieces..." [Bottom] "...they commanded the children of Binyamin..., Go and lie in wait in the vineyards; and see, and behold, if the daughters of Shilo come out to dance...and catch you every man his wife of the daughters of Shilo...And the children of Binyamin did so, and took them wives...
Page size:  16.75" x 10.5"; Image size: 14.25" x 9.25" Condition:  good impression w/ too browning some coming through a bit into printed margin of top engraving and some darkening in the middle that may or may not be part of the print. Still, very nice.
#MO73  SOLD
[Top] I Samuel III:1-16 Dieu se manifeste a Samuel. [Bottom] I Samuel IV:13-18 Mort d'Heli le Sacrificateur. O. Elgers Inv.; P. Mortier edit cum Privil; pg.75
Subject: [Top] "And the child Shemu'el ministered to the Lord before 'Eli. And the word of the Lord was precious in those days; there was no frequent vision...And Shemu'el was laid down to sleep; that the Lord called Shemu'el: and he answered, Here I am. And he ran to 'Eli, and said, Here I am; for thou didst call me. And he said, I called not; lie down again..." [Bottom] A man comes in and tells Eli that his two sons are dead defending the ark and that the ark was taken: "And it came to pass, when he made mention of the ark of God, that he fell from off the seat backwards by the side of the gate, and his neck was broken, and he died: for he was an old man, and heavy. And he had judged Yisra'el for forty years."
Page size:  15.5" x 10.5"; Image size: 14" x 9" Condition:  good impression but browning that can be seen in images especially if held to light. Still beautiful image of important subjects and quite framable.
#MO75  SOLD
[Top] I Samuel XVI:13 Samuel oint David pour Roi. [Bottom] I Samuel XVII:2 David defait Goliath. O. Elgers Inv.; P. Mortier edit cum Privil.; pg.79
Subject: [Top] "Then Shemu'el took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the midst of his brothers; and the spirit of the Lord came upon David from that day onwards." [Bottom] David defeats Goliath.
Page size:  16" x 10.25"; Image size: 14.25" x 9" Condition: good impression but browning that can be seen in images especially if held to light. Still very nice and of a critical subjects.
#MO79  SOLD

[Top] II Koningen [Kings] VII:17 Un Seigneur de Samarie feule aux pieds.[Bottom] II Koningen IX:30-35 Jezebel mangee des Chiens. O. Elliger delin.; J. Baptist [?]; P. Mortier edit cum Privil.; pg.108
Subject: [Top] "And the king appointed the officer...to have the charge of the gate: and the people trampled upon him in the gate, and he died..." Powerful figure. [Bottom] Part of the story of Jezebel.
Page size:  16.5" x 10.75"; Image size: 14" x 9" Condition:  good but lighter impression w/ imperfection in printed margin not affecting image and of unknown origin.
#MO108  SOLD

[Top] Tobie II:10 Le Vieux Tobie perd la Veue. [Bottom] Tobie VI:2 Tobie prend un gros Poisson ... [no artist given]; P. Mortier edit cum Privil.; pg.129 [from an apocraphal book of the Old Testament]
Subject: 2 scenes from the apocraphal book of Tobit. [Top]"When she heard these things she was very sorrowful, so that she thought to have strangled herself; and she said, I am the only daughter of my father, and if I do this, it shall be a reproach unto him, and I shall bring his old age with sorrow unto the grave." [Bottom] "And when the young man went down to wash himself, a fish leaped out of the river, and would have devoured him. Then the angel said unto him, Take the fish. And the young man laid hold of the fish, and drew it to land."
Page size:  16.75" x 10.75"; Image size: 14" x 9.25" Condition:  good impression w/ no important problems. Cost:  $10   #M0129  Keywords: Tobias2 Tobias6 apocrapha
[Top] Judith X:17 Judith vient ... en la tente d'Holopherne. [Bottom] Judith XIII Judith coupe la tete a Holopherne ... [artist not given] P. Mortier edit cum Privil.; pg.131 [from an apocraphal book of the Old Testament]
Subject: Fine chiarascuro and delicate engraving. [Top] "Then they chose out of them an hundred men to accompany her and her maid; and they brought her to the tent of Holofernes." [Bottom] "...Then Judith, standing by his bed, said in her heart, said ... look at this present upon the work of mine hands for the exaltation of Jerusalem....Then she came to the...bed, which was at Holofernes' head,...And she smote twice upon his nect with all her might, and she took away his head..."
Page size:  17" x 10.5"; Image size: 14" x 9" Condition:  good impression w/ no important problems.
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[Top] Daniel XIII:1-27 Deux veillards ... Susanne. [Bottom] Daniel XIII:28-60 Susanne delivree par Daniel. O. Elgers Inv.; I. Mulder fec.; P. Mortier edit cum Privil.; pg.132 [from an apocraphal book of the Old Testament]
Subject: 2 scenes from the apocraphal addition to Daniel regarding the History of Susanna. The story is of how two elders lust after the righteous Susanna and approach her during her bath. She resists their threats, so they accused her falsely, and she was sentenced to death. She prayed to the Lord who sent a holy spirit named "Daniel" who told the truth and convicted the elders and saved Susanna.
Page size:  16.75" x 10.75"; Image size: 13.75" x 9" Condition:  good impression w/ no important problems.
Cost:  $10   #MO132  Keywords: Daniel13 apocrapha

[Top] Daniel XIII:61 Les deux ... viellards ... Susanne lapides. [Bottom] Daniel XIV:1 L'Idole Bel detruite par Daniel. Picard Inv.; [?] fecit. P. Mortier edit cum Privil.; pg.133 [from an apocraphal book of the Old Testament]
Subject: Beautiful Picard engravings from two apocraphal additions to Daniel, the History of Susanna and Bel and the Dragon. [Top] The two elders who lusted after the righteous Susanne and who falsely accused her to death are stoned. [Bottom] Daniel tells the King of Babylon that the idol Bel is not eating the offerings. The priests disagree. Daniel leaves ashes around the statue at night and shows the king. In the morning there are the footprints of the priests. The king finds a secret door. Daniel is allowed to destroy Bel. Then he destroys a living dragon the King worships to show the power of the Lord. Finally the people accuse the King of becoming a Jew. The King puts Daniel into a lions den but who is saved.
Page size:  17" x 10.75"; Image size: 14" x 9" Condition:  good impression w/ no important problems.
#MO133  SOLD

[Top] Daniel XIV:22-26 Daniel ... le dragon.[Bottom] La Priere de Manasse dans les Chaines. Elliger inv.; Gouwen Fec.; P. Mortier edit cum Privil.; pg.134 [from an apocraphal book of the Old Testament]
Subject: From the apocraphal addition to Daniel, Bel and the Dragon. Daniel tells the King of Babylon that the idol Bel is not eating the offerings. The priests disagree. Daniel leaves ashes around the statue at night and shows the king. In the morning there are the footprints of the priests. The king finds a secret door. Daniel is allowed to destroy Bel. Then he destroys a living dragon the King worships to show the power of the Lord. Finally the people accuse the King of becoming a Jew. The King puts Daniel into a lions den but who is saved.
Page size:  16.5" x 10.75"; Image size: 13.75" x 9" Condition:  good impression w/ no important problems. Cost:  $10   #MO134  Keywords: Daniel14 apocrapha

[Top] I Machabees I:49-57 Antiochus profane le temple. [Bottom] II Machabees VI:18 Eleazar ... viandes ... Picart Inv.; T. Baptist fecit.; P. Mortier edit cum Privil.; pg.135 [from an apocraphal book of the Old Testament]
Subject: Good flag. [Top] "...Now the fifteenth day of the month ..., they set up the abomination of desolation upon the altar, and builded idol altars throughout the cidies of Juda...And when they had rent in pieces the books of the law which they found, they burnt them with fire...And wheresoever was found whith any the book of the testament...the king's commandment was, that they should put him to death." [Bottom] "Eleazar, one of the prinicpal scribes, an aged man,...was constrained to open his mouth, and to eat swine's flesh."
Page size:  16.75" x 10.75"; Image size: 14.25" x 9.25" Condition:  clean, lighter impression w/ no important problems.
#MO135  SOLD