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Page of a drawing book; Two designs for a coat of arms of Ferdinand I of Toscana

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Two designs for a coat of arms of the Grand Duke Ferdinand I of Toscana (1587-1608). Vertical rectangle. Verso: A globe showing Italy in its center serves as a shield. It is framed by a scrollwork escutcheon and at left by the standing figure of an allegorical woman, at right by a boy with a club standing over a lion. Both support the crown through which pass the cords hanging from a cardinal's hat. It is placed at the top of the ovoidal mould, framing the escutcheon. Recto: a sketch, a variation of the design. An ovoid containing a map serves as a shield. A woman, seated, carrying what is supposed to be a trumpet. A scroll with an inscription is suggested below the shield.

Page of a drawing book; Study for painting of St. Magdalen; A stallion

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Vertical rectangle. Verso: A: Shown slightly oblique, trotting toward right with the head turned toward the right shoulder. Recto: B: Horizontally: Recumbent and praying before a crucifix in the open.

Page of a drawing book; Elderly man in classical attire

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Vertical rectangle. Section of a page in a drawing book. Man is standing, obliquely shown, turned toward right, with the head raised and turned backwards. The right hand is raised in an indistinct gesture.

Page of a Sketchbook: Military Trophy

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Vertical rectangle. Verso: a military trophy with coat-of-arms for infantry, pistols, guns and picks. Recto: Inscription.

Oleum Olivarum (The Production of Olive Oil), plate 12 in the Nova Reperta (New Inventions of Modern Times)

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Olives are harvested (outside), put through several stages of pressing; the oil is being extracted, refined by boiling, measured and carried away. Lower margin with inscription has been trimmed away.

Noua reperta

Smithsonian Libraries
Engraved title leaf and 19 numbered prints illustrating new inventions and discoveries.

Engravings signed: Ioan. Stradanus (Jan van der Straet) invent.; Phls. Galle excud.; Ioan. Collaert sculp.

Karel van Mallery has been identified in the British Museum collection online database as the likely printer of these plates.

Nova reperta was one of the 30 sections of engraved plates issued collectively under the title Speculum diversarum imaginum speculativarum. Several of these sections were also issued separately.

The title cartouche in the Dibner Library copy does not have the Maltese Cross design found in other editions separating the words "Noua" and "reperta." DSI

Also available online.

SCDIRB copy 39088012168183 is imperfect: Plates 4, 12, and 19 are wanting.

SCDIRB copy may include a mix of different states (and even editions) of the various plates.

SCDIRB copy has the plates disbound, on sheets of varying sizes. The size of the prints ranges from 20 x 26 cm. to 32 x 37 cm. Housed in a modern archival folder.

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Minerva, or "Arma" (Allegory of the Art of War), pl. 2 in the Schema, seu Speculum Principum (Skills of a Prince) series

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
In the foreground, the goddess Minerva, or Pallas Athena, clad in armour with the Medusa shield, is seated on a heap of objects associated with war, including a cannon, and a military treatise and instruments such as a drum and trumpets; to left, two armies engage in pitch battle; to right, behind a town settlement, soldiers supervise a series of executions.

Men Hunting Bulls with Eagles

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
In a landscape of rolling terrain, men use birds to hunt wild bulls. Trees frame the composition at left and right, and the hunters appear on horseback in the background at right. Two bulls have fallen in the foreground, while others gallop through the center of the image. The birds—traditionally identified as falcons, although possibly eagles—alight on the heads of their prey, likely blinding them. This hunting method is probably described in an as yet unidentified ancient text.

Marriage at Cana

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Horizontal rectangle. Christ is seated at the table, left, the wine casks beside Him. The married couple is seated under a canopy, center. Other figures are seated around the table. Mounted.

Lion trap

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Horizontal rectangle. The lions, frightened by the lighted torches carried by the hunters, are forced into the string of nets set up to trap them, right. At lower left: "Ioan. Stradanus invent." Right of center, below: "Ioan. Collaert Sculp."; at lower right: "Phls Galle excud." Below: "AS TU QUI SATAGUNT VALIDUM ILLAGUEARE LEONEM..."

Lapis Polaris Magnes (Invention of the Compass), plate 2 of the Nova Reperta (New Inventions for Modern Times)

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
An old man, identified as the legendary Flavio Amalfitano, seated at his desk using a compass and reading a book; tools, books, and instruments are arranged around the richly furnished room; a dog is at his feet. A model of a ship hangs above and in front of him.

Justice (Iustitia), plate 5 from the "Virtutum theologicarum et cardinalium"

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Bust of Justice holding scales and sword, surrounded by a scrollwork frame decorated with putti. A Latin inscription in a horizontal band below.

Invention of the Stirrup, design for "Staphae, sive stapedes," pl. 9 in the Nova Reperta (New Inventions of Modern Times) print series

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Scene outside a stirrup maker's shop. In the foreground, a man is mounting his horse. At left, a woman holds stirrups suspended by their straps. The interior of the shop, showing the process of making stirrups, visible at left. Another figure on horseback at right.

Invention of the Compass, preliminary design for "Lapis Polaris Magnes," plate 2 in the Nova Reperta (New Inventions of Modern Times) print series

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Recto: A scholar in his richly furnished study, seated at his desk using a compass. (He is identified in the related print as the legendary Flavius of Amalfi, thought to have invented the compass.) A low bowl stands in the right foreground supported by four lion feet over which human heads rise, representing the quarters of the globe: "ocsidens / tramontane / levanus / meridiens." A ship model hangs from the ceiling. Verso: an inscription in Stradanus' hand, "brief vanden 25 jannuare 3 hebben..."

Invention of Book Printing, design for "Impressio librorum," pl. 4 in the Nova Reperta (New Inventions of Modern Times) print series

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
A printers shop: standing in the foreground left, a man in the attire of a scholar seems to be overseeing the process. Beside him is a press at which a man works. Behind him, another inks a plate. Wet sheets hang from suspended wires.. Three seated compositors at work at right. A proofreader stands beside a pillar. Two more figures are in the right background. This is a preliminary design for the fourth plate in the Nova Reperta series, published by Philips Galle in Antwerp. The finished drawing is in Windsor (RL 4761).

Indians Catching Fish with the Help of Pelicans, plate 23 in the Venationes Ferarum, Avium, Piscium series

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Horizontal rectangle. An inlet, with men standing on shore on both sides, watching the pelicans gather fish in their pouches. Each bird bears a ring about its throat to prevent it from swallowing its catch. In the foreground, right, a pelican dislodges the fish before its master. Near left center: "Ioan. Stradanus invent."; near lower right: "Carol de Mallery Sculp"; at lower right: "Phls Galle excud." Below: "ANSERIS INSTAR AUEM FOELIX..."

In Thrinacia, Odysseus sleeps while his men devour cattle belonging to Helios, the sun god. Illustration to book XII of Homer's Odyssey.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
A man reclines on the ground, in foreground. In the middle distance a group of figures, some of them roasting food over an open fire. In the distance, right, a ship is harboured.

Hunting snakes

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Horizontal rectangle. Hunters and their dogs capturing snakes and bagging them alive. In the center, foreground, a snake devours a frog. Near left center: "Ioan. Stradanus invent."; at lower right: "Corn. Galle Sculp. / Phls Galle excud." Below: "VIPERA IN ITALIAE GAUDET LATITARE PALIDE..."

Half Page of a sketchbook; Virgin and Child with Joseph

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Virgin and Child seated against a wall. Joseph standing up beside them. Recto: left half of a scene, perhaps Salome with head of John the Baptist.

Half Page of a sketchbook; Virgin and Child and a third figure

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Virgin seated under a tree holding the Infant Jesus on her lap. Behind her another figure, maybe Joseph. Recto: the other half of the banquet scene on reverse of 1947-58-5.

Fowling

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Horizontal rectangle. Fowlers behind tree, right. Methods of snaring birds indicated: center, two birds are tied to the ground, thereby attracting other birds (starlings) to the scene. Above, groups of birds carry off glued snare-lines. At lower left: "Ioan. Stradanus Ioan. Collaert Sculp." Left center: "Phls. Galle excud." Below: "CORNICEM IN CAMPO LIGAT AULEPS..."

Four scenes from the life of St. John the Baptist, preliminary designs for a print series (recto and verso)

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Recto, above: Birth and naming of John the Baptist; Recto, below: John the Baptist preaching in the wilderness; Verso, above: Baptism of Christ; Verso, below: Visitation;

Four scenes from the life of Apollonius of Tyana (recto and verso)

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Recto, above: Apollonius Curing a Young Athenian Possessed of a Demon; Apollonius Raising a Girl from the Dead in Rome (bottom)

Verso, above: Apollonius Predicting the Year of the Three Emperors in Syracuse; Apollonius Predicting the Acquittal of a Man Condemned to Death in Alexandria

Four scenes from the life of Apollonius of Tyana (recto and verso)

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Recto, above: Apollonius of Tyana meeting the messenger of the Brahmans
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