[Jerusalem Delivered] A Moon Light Scene of a Forest where Ismen the Magician is sacrificing to Demons and invoking them to rise.[&] The Magicians marching off after the success of their Incantations. [&] A Turkish Mosque lighted after the Mahometan Manner where Aladine the Emperor is seated on a Throne Surrounded by his Divan. [&] The Forest as Enchanted, where Alcast General of Swiss is stopp'd by a firy Castle, defended by Daemons. [&] The Christian Army under the Command of Godfrey of Bulloigne encamped before the Walls of Jerusalem. [&] A Morning Scene of the Forest with Rinaldo, on the Bank of the Enchanted River.
[Published by Elizabeth Jane Collins, n.d., c.1763.]
Set of six etchings, complete as issued, each c.460 x 540mm, 18 x 21¼", stitched. With two end papers in disbound contemporary marbled boards, large folio, 575 x 480mm. 22½ x 19". Boards scuffed and rubbed, with chips and tears to extremities. Some spotting to plates, some cut very close to or along lower platemark.
A fine set of prints illustrating 'Jerusalem Delivered' by the Italian poet Torquato Tasso (1544 - 1595), published 1575. It concerns the First Crusade to the Holy Land (1096-9) and the Crusaders siege of Jerusalem under the leadership of Godfrey of Boulogne. His models for this heroic epic were Homer and Virgil's Aeneid. Tasso portrayed both imaginary characters and real historical persons, among them the heroes Rinaldo and Tancredi, and their Saracen ladies Armida and Clorinda. Other works by Tasso include 'Aminta', 'Rinaldo and Armida' published in 1562, and 'Gerusalemme Liberata', finished in 1575. This series after the best known work of John Collins (c.1725 - 1758/1759), landscape and theatre scenery painter born in London. He studied in Italy at the expence of members of the nobility. Published by Collins's wife Elizabeth Jane after his death. Ex libris bookplates to verso of front and back boards, one a fine 18th century etched crest.
[Ref: 9494] £1,800.00