John II de GOURMONT (active from 1562 to 1596) Christophe de Savigny presenting his book to Louis de Gonzague, Duke of Nevers, 1587 Drink up. Seal: The dedication sheet of Christophe de Savigny to the Duke of Nevers. In-folio in height. Height. 404 - Width 311 mm Very nice proof of this very rare piece, long attributed to Jean Cousin. Good margins. Slight printing fold Provenance: Collection Eugène Bouvy, its sale of November 17th 1957, n°39 (acquired by H. Grosjean) Collection H. Grosjean-Maupin (sale 26-27 March) 1958, n°141) This piece, rightly considered one of the masterpieces of 16th century woodcutting, has been reproduced many times, among others by François Courboin in his large illustrated edition of "l'Histoire de la Gravure en France". Eugène Bouvy has published a very thorough study of it in "Les tableaux accomplis" of Christophe de Savigny - Historical and iconographic study (Nevers-Paris, imp. Fortin 1939, plaq. in-8 of 19 pp.).