Ioannes Balaeus.Haec est Balaei facies generosa Britanni, Cuius dicuntur Bibliotheca libri, Haec fraudes aperit multas, scelera impia multa Papae, quem dicit nequitiae esse Patrem.
Cum privil. [n.d. c.1599, but later?.]
Engraving. 172 x 120mm. 6¾ x 4¾".
Portrait of John Bale, half length to left, long beard, wearing cap and gown; Dutch letterpress on verso. Illustration to Jacob Verheiden's "Praestantium aliquot theologorum ... effigies" (The Hague: 1602). John Bale, Bishop of Ossory (1495-1563) was a Protestant controversialist. From a series of fifty-one book-illustrations showing portraits by Hendrik Hondius I (Hollstein 156-208). The set was first published in 1599 by the artist and re-published between 1602 and 1604 by Nieulandt and Janssen.
Ex Collection: R. Hobson of Hove.
[Ref: 25201] £60.00