PERELLE, Gabriel Collection of 69 engraved plates with landscapes, including several complete series. Paris, Pierre Mariette, Francois and Nicolas de Poilly and Martinet, c.1665. Oblong-folio [310 x 460 mm] Later quarter leather binding with gilt spine.

Very rare collection of large, impressive landscape engravings by Gabriel Perelle (1604-1677). The collection comprises several complete series with 4 to 6 numbered plates and further 26 unnumbered plates. A few plates are dated 1665. Included are some very rare plates depicting lovers in lavishly arranged countrysides, some with the inscription „Paris chez Martinet“. Also included is a landscape engraving by Herman Swanevelt (1600-1655) and another by Francois Guerin (c.1600-after 1667) after Lacroix. Most prints are signed with the surname. Several plates are proofs before titles.

Perelle was a French painter and engraver. He ran a productive copper engraving workshop in Paris. In his studio he occasionally used the help of Callot’s sons, but above all, that of his own sons Nicolas (1625-1692) and Adam (1638-1695), who also continued his workshop. In 1665, Louis XIV appointed him director of the Plans et des Cartes du Cabinet du Roi, after which he allegedly abandoned graphic practice altogether. – A few plates are misbound, some browning.

Bibliography: Thieme/Becker XXVI, 401ff.

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