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Mythological Art, Hercules in the Garden of Hesperides, Johann Volckamer, Antique Print, 18th C. (Sold)

Johann Christoph Volckamer (1662-1744) (editor)
Dehne, F.P. Lindner, L. Glotch, et al. (engravers)
Pair of Prints of Hercules in the Garden of Hesperides
from Nurnbergische Hesperides
Nuremberg: 1708-1714
Hand-colored engravings
14 x 9 inches each

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Pair of prints illustrating the Greco-Roman myth of Hercules in the Garden of Hesperides, the magical place that Volckamer’s collection of botanical prints is named for. In Greek mythology, the Garden of Hesperides contained trees with golden branches, golden leaves and golden apples, Gaea’s wedding gift to Hera upon her marriage to Zeus. In the tale of Hercules, his eleventh labor was to retrieve the golden apples and bring them back to the king who had ordered him to complete twelve tasks. He is shown in front of the tree with one of the Hesperides, daughters of Atlas, who guarded the tree along with the dragon Ladon, also depicted here. The next print shows Hercules talking with one of the Hesperides, and taking a golden apple while she sleeps.


Volckamer’s Nurnbergische Hesperides was originally issued in two volumes.

Condition: Generally very good, the colors bright, the paper with the usual light overall toning, some minor scattered wear, soiling, soft creases.

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18th Century