De Droeve Ellendigheden Van Den Oorlogh Seer aerdigh en konstigh Afgebeeldt door Iaques Callot Loreyns Edelman, en jn druck uytgegeuen door Gerret van Schagen.

RA Collection: Book

Record number


Uniform Title

[Misères et les malheurs de la guerre]


[S.l.]: Leon: Schenk Excudit., [ca. 1720?]

Physical Description

[18] pl. (incl. t.-pl.); 258 mm.

General Note

In this issue the title-plate is numbered 'No. 2'; the rest of the plates are numbered '2' to '18'.

Responsibility Note

In this issue plate 7 carries the signature 'Calot, and plate 18, 'Callot'. No other plate carries the name of draughtsman or engraver.

All plates, apart from the title-plate and nos. 4, 9, 17, carry the signature of 'Israel' (sometimes 'Isarel') [that is, Israel Henriet] as printer, with the royal privilege.

J. Lieure states that the verse captions were written by Michel de Marolles, abbé de Villeloin.


P. Choné, Jacques Callot 1592-1635 [exhibition catalogue] (1992); J. Lieure, Jacques Callot, 8 vols. (1924-7; repr. 1969; rev. 1989), vols. VII (text) and VIII (plates) nos.1339-56.

Summary Note

No publication-date is carried by this issue; but the imprint 'Leon: Schenk' appears to refer to Leonardus Schenk (1696-1767), who was active ca. 1720 - 1740. The work had first been issued with title-plate reading, 'Les Miseres Et Les Mal-Heures De La Guerre Représentez Par Iacques Callot Noble Lorrain. Et mis en lumière Par Israel Son amy. A Paris 1633 Avec Privilege du Roy'.

The plates are captioned with verses in French, and show the miseries of the Thirty Years' War. They are probably Callot's most famous prints. Their simple and open style of engraving echoes that of the woodcutterss of the late fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries - whereas most most contemporary woodcutters were tending to copy the effects of engraving.

Copy Note

Plates 4 and 6 have been partly coloured by hand.

Binding Note

20th-century half calf, red cloth-covered boards; red morocco spine-label lettered 'Miseries Of War', spine lettered 'R.A.'

Name as Subject


War - Europe - Thirty Years' War, 1618-1648 - History - 17th century
Drawings - Narrative art - France - 17th century
Pictorial works - Netherlands - 18th century