24 highly expressive etchings of horses

Firens, [Pierre]. Album of horse etchings.

[Paris, early 17th century].

Oblong 12mo (124 x 78 mm). 24 etchings of horses, each ca. 8 x 5 cms, mounted individually on leaves and bound as an album. Modern full vellum using contemporary material.


A complete series of 24 highly expressive etchings of horses, each numbered in the plate and bound (somewhat out of order) in an appealing pocket-sized vellum album. The engraver Pierre Firens (also: Fierens, ca. 1580-1636) was of Flemish origin, probably hailing from Antwerp, but settled in Paris in 1604, soon operating as a publisher and engraver mainly of ornaments. This is a charming suite of two dozen portraits showing horses in various attitudes; the first print is signed.

Very finely preserved. Uncommon.

For Firens cf. AKL XL, 251; Thieme/Becker XII, 7.

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