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About this Item: Den Haag, G. Block, 1739. [xlviii],259,[28] pp. Bibl. halflinnen. (Stempels op titelp. en schutbl.) Geerebaert 125, IIa; Landwehr F 179. Seller Inventory # 119110

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About this Item: Half leren band uit de tijd, (48)+259+(27) pag. Geillustreerd met titelvignet. Incompleet, mist de tekstbladen F6-8. Opdracht aan Amelia van Nassau-Dietz. Drempelverzen van J. Bronkhusius, J. Vollenhove, A. Moonen, J. Brand, L. Rotgans, J. Pluimer, H. Angelkot en F. Halma. Seller Inventory # 43185

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PHAEDRUS.

Published by The Hague ('s Gravenhage), By Gerard Block, 1739. (1739)

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From: Antiquariaat Fragmenta Selecta (AMSTERDAM, Netherlands)

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About this Item: The Hague ('s Gravenhage), By Gerard Block, 1739., 1739. 8vo (XLVIII),259,(1 blank),37,(1 blank) p. Vellum. 15.5 cm (Ref: STCN ppn 303260319; Geerebaert 125,2,a; cf. OiN p. 290) (Details: 5 thongs laced through the joints. Title in red & black. Woodcut floral ornament on the title. Woodcut initials) (Condition: Binding age-tanned and slightly spotted. Small name label on the front pastedown. 1 name and 1 small stamp on the front flyleaf. Paper slightly yellowing. Endpapers foxed) (Note: David van Hoogstraten (1658-1724) was conrector of the 'Schola Latina' at Amsterdam from 1694 till 1722. He wrote Dutch and neolatin poetry, and is well known for his lexicon 'Nieuw woordenboek der Nederlantsche en Latynsche tale' (1704, 1719, 1736). He published editions and translations of Nepos, Terentius and Phaedrus. (NNBW 831-833) This is the second edition of Van Hoogstraten's translation of the fables of Phaedrus. The first edition, which was published in 1703 in Amsterdam by François Halma, was a more ambitious project than this modest and cheaper version. It was in quarto and had engraved plates. One year earlier, in 1701, Halma had already produced Van Hoogstraten's scholarly Latin edition of Phaedrus, with ample commentary, which was specially made for prince Johan Willem Friso, 1687-1711, Prince of Orange (1702-1711) and 'stadhouder' of Friesland and Groningen. In the preface to the second edition of this translation the publisher Block tells the reader that this cheaper edition is primarily intended for young readers. He advises all family men to have their children read and reread this book. Van Hoogstraten dedicates his translation to the younger sister of Johan Willem Friso, princess Maria Amalia, 1689-1771, who was only 13 years old when it was first published. Van Hoogstraten was influential in the field of Dutch language studies in the 18th century with his work: 'Aenmerkingen over de geslachten der zelfstandige naemwoorden' (1700). It was his opinion that the Dutch language equalled the Greek, and that it surpassed the Latin (having no articles)) (Provenance: The name label is of one 'Herman Spaan'. § On the flyleaf a small stamp: 'Ex libris A. Kerckhoffs'. This might be the Dutch linguist and cryptographer Auguste Kerckhoffs, 1835-1903, who was professor of languages at the 'École des Hautes Études Commerciales' in Paris in the late 19th century. (See for this interesting man Wikpedia 'Auguste Kerckhoffs' and also 'Kerckhoffs's principle'. § On the flyleaf also the name of 'H.J.' or 'H.I. van Reenen') (Collation: *-3*8, A-S8 (leaf R2 verso and S8 verso blank)) (Photographs on request) 500 gr. Seller Inventory # 152273

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About this Item: Amsterdam, Steven van Esveldt, 1769, 8vo, Cont. hleather, Frontispiece, (46) 259, (26) pp. 98 engravings.8vo. Libr. Stamp on reverse titlepage. All plates in excellent condition. In his foreword the author states that both the first illustrated quarto-ed. from 1704 and the 8vo ed. without ills. from 1739 were fast sold out. Therefore he decided to issue an illustrated 8vo especially for schoolchildren. The author hopes that the book will be used as a prize at schools. The illustrations are by Simon Fokke, 98 inserted pages on thick paper, each page containing 6 small engravings. Seller Inventory # 55830

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About this Item: Leather hardcover with gilt stamped spine. The board edges decorated with a gilded pattern. The spine and board edges are slightly worn. The pages show light finger smudges. The book is in good condition. 19,5 x 26 cm, [36] 1-198 [10] pp. Engraved title page by P. Boutats after J. Goeree with a medallion of the portrait of Princess Amalia van Nassau. The portrait of the translator, David van Hoogstraten, is engraved on a folded plate by P. van Gunst en A. Boonen. Besides these portraits the book contains 9 vignettes, 9 decorated initials and 107 medallion plates engraved by J. van Vianen, who was a student of the great artist Romeyn de Hooghe. As the title describes Phaedrus was a Roman slave that served under the reign of Emperor Augustus (1st century AD). He used parts of the Aesopian fables as inspiration for his stories. When put into context the fables can be seen as political indictment against the current regime that he was under. The remarks on Phaedrus' fables are written by David van Hoogstraten (1658-1724) who published a number of works in the field of Dutch linguistics. His oeuvre contains subjects like the gender of Dutch words (1700) and the Latin-Dutch dictionary (1704). Seller Inventory # 17745

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About this Item: Amsterdam, F. Halma, 1704. [xxxiv],198,[12] pp. Blindgestempeld perkament, rug met 6 ribben en handgeschreven rugtitel. (Bibl. stempel; scheur van ca. 5 cm. in portret; band iets vuil.) Geerebaert 125 II; Landwehr F178. De emblemata en initialen waren al eerder afgedrukt in de Latijnse ed. uit 1701. De 18 koperplaten van die editie zijn echter versneden, opdat de emblemata daar geplaatst konden worden waar ze in de tekst thuishoren. Seller Inventory # 120780

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