Ulricus Hofmannus, Arithmeticus, Geomet: etc: Aetat: LIX. An: MDCLXIX.[Calligraphic text in German.]
Rare engraving with large margins. Plate 316 x 197mm. 12½ x 7¾". Laid on separate sheet, slight crease across middle.
The focus of the composition is an engraved bust portrait of Ulrich Hofmann (b.1600), calligrapher and mathematician. He is wearing dark, flowing robes with a large square white collar. His greying, curly hair falls in a cloud around his head. He wears a goatee and moustache. Framed with calligraphic flourishes. These arabesques also frame two blocks of text written in calligraphic hand. The top corners of the sheet are filled with putti holding a mathematician's instruments: compass, triangle, protractor, right angle, etc. There are two birds at the bottom of the design. After Sigmund von Birken (1626-1681).
[Ref: 26063] £280.00