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Virgil, Gerard de Lairesse, Nicolaes Visscher, 1670

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Basic principles Roman Politics : two pendant engravings
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Rare set of two pendant engravings: First part : Warlord gives mercy to defeated soldiers .(Parcere Subiectis) & Second part : Beheading of two kings by order of a Roman emperor. (Debellare Superbos) The basic principle of Roman politics by Virgil. "Parcere subiectis, sed debellare superbos" (Vergilius, Aeneus 6.853). The subjects would be spared, but those who persisted in opposition were destroyed. Invented and engraved by Gerard de Lairesse (Liège 1640, Amsterdam 1711). Edited in 1670, Amsterdam by Nicolaes Visscher (Amsterdam 1649-1702). Hollstein Dutch 86 and 87 Printed on large folio laid, end of 17th century, paper. Very good dark impressions and each leaf has a good watermark. Same engraving as in the Rijksprentenkabinet in Amsterdam, but with a different adress: Nicolaes Visscher edit. Delivered in two large museum passepartouts 42 x 55 cm.

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