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Menses XII Anni Solaris

Adriaen Collaert (Netherlandish, about 1560–1618), Published by Joannes Galle (Netherlandish, 1600–1676)

Catalogue Raisonné

Hollstein (Dutch and Flemish), vol. IV


Platemark: 20.6 x 26.5 cm (8 1/8 x 10 7/16 in.) Sheet: 25.7 x 33.7 cm (10 1/8 x 13 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings



Title and Dedication


Inscribed in plate, upper left: n.; title in center circle: MENSES XII./ANNI SOLARIS/A Philippo Gallæo ex ce:/teribus Scriptoribus collecti,/& editi,/A Cornelio Kiliano Dufflæo carmine illustrati./A/Charles Prince Comte d'Arenberghe, Baron de Seuenberghe,/Siegneur de Mirwart, &c. Cheualier de l'Ordre de la/Toison d'or, Chef des Finances, du Conseil de guer:/re, Capitaine de cinquante hommes d'armes des Ordonnances du Roy nostre Sire; Dedie' par Philippe Galle, son/humble Seruiteur./Ionnes Galle excudit/Antuerpiæ.

in plate, in compartments within the circular frame, surrounding the title depicting the zodiac signs: AQVUARIVS/PISCES/ARIES/TAVRVS/GEMINI/CANCER/LEO/VIRGO/LIBRA/SCORPIVS/SAGITTARIVS/CAPRICORNVS

in plate, in lower margin below image, lower center: ANNVS; lower left: Tortus ut in FeFe Serpens conuoluitur orbe./Dum caudam immani mordicus ore tenet"; lower right: Haud fecus in circum solaris voluitur Annus,/Exactisqe, in fe, Menifibus, vfque redit.


Not signed


Verso, MFA stamp with accession number in graphite: 65.580; oval stamp [or hand drawn?] in blue ink


May 12, 1965, purchased from P & D Colnaghi & Co. (dealer), London, by the MFA. (Accession date: May 12, 1965)

Credit Line

Fund in memory of Horatio Greenough Curtis