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Emblemata = Emblemes chrestienes et Morales Sinne-beelden strecken de tot Christlicke bedenckinghe; = Emblemata moralia Les emblems morales De sinnebeelden; = Sinne-spel van de dry hoofdeuchden = Devchden-schole ofte Spieghel der jonghe-dochteren

HEYNS, Zacharias (1566-1638).

Published by Pieter van Waesberge, 1625
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4to (238 x 182 mm). Signatures: *(4); **(4); A-N(4) (4 blank); Emblemata Moralia: (:)(2); Aa-Mm(4); Nn(2); Sinne-spel: A-G(4); Devcheden–schole: a-p(4); q(2) (2 final blanks). Pagination: [60 unnumbered leaves, including final blank], [2], 1-50, [3 leaves], 1-48, [5 leaves], 1-55, [2] (missigned F3 as Eiii; o1 as O; B1 as B; F1 as F; Ff2 as Ef2; misnumbered p. 34 as 32 in EM, p. 42 as 24 in LSS, and p. 6 as 5 in DS as common]. Half-title, Engraved title of astrologers signed by Jan Gerritsz Swelinck (or Sweelinck), engraved portrait of Zacharias Heyns "Aet 55" by Hendrik Goltzius with Dutch verse signed W.B. Sonnets for the author signed by B. Baddel, D.D, Iohannes Kock, A. Smyters, I.V. Vondelen, and H. Cole. Text in 4 parts, separately titled. ENGRAVINGS: Emblemes Chrestienes: 25 emblems of circular engravings. Emblemata Moralia: with woodcut title vignette and 25 emblems of circular engravings. Sinne-spel: with engraved circular emblem (faith, hope and charity) on title and one other engraving in text. Devchden-schole: with engraved title vignette and 5 emblem vignettes in text. The EC and EM in Dutch couplets and longer verse (in roman) facing French couplets and longer verse (in italic) and Dutch commentary. Woodcut floral initials and ornamental or snail or alligator tail-pieces. Dedicated to "Iohan tho Recheteren ende Bredenhorst." Contemporary vellum binding over boards with yapped edges, manuscript title on spine; (somewhat toned, marginal dampstaining in A-D quires, not severe, marginal repairs to Ff1 and Kk4). Period ownership and library Dutch inscriptions on title. Modern armorial bookplate of Bibliotheque I.G. Schorsch on the front pastedown. First edition of Zacharias Heyns’s Emblemata, printed in Rotterdam in 1625. Heyns, an emblematist, was closely involved in the content of the works he published and he took great pains over the design of this publication. The splendid engravings, in typical round frames, were done by seventeenth-century Dutch artist Jan Gerritsz Swelinck and incorporated Heyns’s allegorical applications into landscape motifs. Heyns’s Emblemata was written for an enlightened audience who was interested in studying learned men of classical times, as well as contemporary Christian dogma. A number of introductory poems provide explanation to the emblems and the moralistic messages are presented in dual Dutch and French text. An important motivation for Heyns and his circle was to educate his fellow men in common knowledge, virtues, and religion. This work was praised for its didactic value; it encouraged studious activity, as well as moral reflection. Rarely found on the market or in institutions. Only six copies located in the US. Praz, pp. 368-369; Landwehr, 381 (Dutch 309). Bookseller Inventory # JC14667

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Title: Emblemata = Emblemes chrestienes et Morales ...

Publisher: Pieter van Waesberge

Publication Date: 1625

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Edition: First Edition.

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