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Christoph Plantin

about 1583
Hendrick Goltzius (Dutch, 1558–1617)

Catalogue Raisonné

Bartsch 181 (IV); Hollstein 207


Platemark: 20.1 x 13.3 cm (7 15/16 x 5 1/4 in.) Sheet: 20.5 x 13.8 cm (8 1/16 x 5 7/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings




Inscribed in plate, upper right to left: CHRISTOPHORVS PLANTINVS Architypographus Regius,/vixit annos LXXXV. obijtque Antuerpiæ CIC[in reverse].IC[in reverse]. LXXXIX.; under compass: LABORE ET CONSTAN/TIA; in lower margin: Plantinum tibi, Spectator, proponimus, vt cum/Nomine perpetuo viuat et effigies./Sic vbi posteritas miracula tanta librorum/Etius et innumerum sera videbit opus;/Tune es Christophorus, tune ille es? dicat: in vnum/Et sua conijciens lumina fixa virum;/Musarum o pater, exclamet, dignissime salue:/Reddita sunt studio Sæcula docta tuo.; lower right: I. BOCHIVS.


Signed in plate, lower right: HGoltzius fecit


Verso, collector's stamp, in black ink, in rectangle: A.F.D. [Ambroise Firmin-Didot; Lugt 119]; collector's stamp in red: H.F.S. [Henry F. Sewall; Lugt 1309]; purple Parker Collection MFA stamp with accession number in ink: 7261 [Lugt 1870]


Ambroise Firmin-Didot (b. 1790 - d. 1876; Lugt 119), Paris; April 16 - May 12, 1877, his sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, Danlos & Delisle, lot 647, sold for 210 francs to Danlos [dealer]. Henry Foster Sewall (b. 1816 - d. 1896; Lugt 1309), New York; November, 1897, purchased by the MFA through the Harvey D. Parker Fund. (Accession Date: October 21, 1897)

Credit Line

Harvey D. Parker Collection—Harvey Drury Parker Fund