Here we have an extremely rare first edition of the Raphael Sadeler I (1560 - 1628) engraving entitled "S. Elisabetha Andecensis." The scene shows Saint Elizabeth, Queen of Hungary, washing the feet of a man seated at right, two maids at left handing her water and cloths, several crippled men onlooking beyond, and a corridor with people on hospital beds in background. This intense scene definitely confirms her impact. Then you have a dog hanging out, wondering about all the fuss. I'll take it.
The early engraving is the extremely rare first edition. The later editions have "P. Mariette exud." printed next to the "Monachii" line at the bottom, as seen in this example from the British Museum.
As you can see, the "P. Mariette exud." print doesn't exist on this rare first edition. Here's one other copy of a first edition I found in a gallery:
A rare bird indeed...
Here's the intro to the Wikipedia page for Elisabeth of Hungary:
Saint Elizabeth of Hungary (7 July 1207 – 17 November 1231), also known as Saint Elizabeth of Thuringia or Saint Elisabeth of Thuringia, was a princess of the Kingdom of Hungary, Landgravine of Thuringia, Germany, and a greatly venerated Catholic saint who was an early member of the Third Order of St. Francis, by which she is honored as its patroness.
Elizabeth was married at the age of 14, and widowed at 20. After her husband's death she sent her children away and regained her dowry, using the money to build a hospital where she herself served the sick. She became a symbol of Christian charity after her death at the age of 24 and was canonized on 25 May 1235.
The rare 17th century piece measures about 11 1/2" tall by 9" wide. The actual engraving measures 10 1/4" tall by 7" wide. The engraving is attached to thick backing paper. There are condition issues, including small losses along the edges and bottom, discoloration and slight creases. There may have been a top portion that was cut off at some point. Yet the powerful image remains. Please see all pics as they are part of the description.
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Saint Elisabeth led a life of service from a major vantage point. This rare 17th century engraving is a vivid reminder of one who went against the grain.