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Rembrandt, Harmensz. Van Rijn
HOFSTEDE DE GROOT, Cornelis Rembrandt Bijbel. Bevattende de verhalen des Ouden en Nieuwen Verbonds, welke door Rembrandt met penseel, etsnaald en teekenstift zijn in beeld gebracht. Uitgezocht en toegelicht door C. Hofstede de Groot. Amsterdam Scheltema & Holkema (K. Groesbeek & P. Nijhoff) [1906-1910] 2 vol., folio; 70, 88 pl. (occ. foxing in the first and last ff.). Light brown polished morocco signed by Berthe van Regemorter, gilt titled covers ruled with 2 frames of triple fillets with gilt orn. inside and blind-stamped orn., gilt spine with 6 raised bands, inner gilt fillet. Sumptuous elephant folio containing stories of the Old and New Testaments in Dutch text from the Statenbijbel illustrated by Rembrandt (1606-1669), ill. with 2 engr. titles in black and red, 2 full-page front. and facsimile of 180 paintings, etchings & drawings. Each plate is accompanied by a tissue guard with descriptive letterpress. The selection was compiled and explained by the famous Dutch art historian Cornelis Hofstede de Groot (1863-1930), founder of the Rijksbureau voor Kunsthistorische Documentatie (RKD) in The Hague. The book was commissioned by the General Commission for the commemoration of Rembrandt's 300th birthday. This book of museum quality has hardly been on the market in recent years and could be considered as the largest Bible ever printed in Dutch. In a binding decorated by the Antwerp B. van Regemorter (1879-1964), formed in Brussels then in London by Sangorski and Sutcliffe. In 1927, she was invited by Henry van de Velde to teach the exterior decoration of the book at the "Institut supérieur des arts décoratifs" (now La Cambre, Brussels), created the same year by Van de Velde.
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