DRAKE, FRANCIS. c.1540-1596.
[JENICHEN, BALTHASAR.] Franciscus Draeck nobilissimus eques Angliae is est qui toto terrarum orbe circumdugo. [Nuremberg, c.1581].
Copper-engraved broadside incorporating a 2-column poem in German ("Hier steh ich Drach in Engelandt..."), lettering also engraved, 298 x 572 mm (sheet size). Lightly strengthened at 3 vertical folds, tiny rust spot in text, corners rounded to neatline, overall very fine. Matted and framed.
TREMENDOUSLY BEAUTIFUL BROADSIDE COMMEMORATING DRAKE'S CIRCUMNAVIGATION OF THE WORLD. One of a very few surviving lifetime portraits of Drake and arguably the most splendid. It depicts Sir Francis Drake full-length in martial pose amidst a setting of cannonballs, powder kegs, and the lading of a ship. The poem is written in the present tense from Drake's perspective and implies a time at the height of his fame. This could be just after the circumnavigation and Drake's knighthood in 1581 or possibly just before the Drake-Norris expedition to rout the Spanish Armada in 1589. The text lauds Drake's Christian heroism and piety, and Protestant boosterism likely explains the context for this German celebration of an English privateer.
Andresen Handbuch für Kupferstichsammler 6. See Wroth, John Carter Brown Library Annual Reports, vol IV, 1944, pp 23-27; not in Kraus.