Johannes III, Sobietzki,Polonorum Rex.
Fine engraving. Platemark: 260 x 170mm (10¼ x 6¾"). Very large margins.
A half length portrait of John III Sobieski (1629 - 1696), standing, holding a sword, with a crown before him and a battle scene beyond. King of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania, Sobieski was one of the most notable monarchs of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. In 1683 at the Battle of Vienna he soundly defeated the Ottomans and became the Saviour of Europe and a hero. Plate 8 from the scarce series of historical portraits, 'Principum et illustrium quorundam virorum. Qui in Europa alibique terrarum, qua fama, qua eruditione celebres fuerunt, verae imagines', published Pieter van der Aa (1659 - 1733) c.1710.
[Ref: 39274] £280.00