935. [Plantin Press - Emblems]
DAVID, Joannes, S.J.
2 parts in 1 vol., 4to: -372-, xxxvii- pp.; 100 pl. (half-page tear closed on p. 1, sm. marg. tear on p. 171, ff. with emblems 60 & 82 sl. stained, soiled & repaired at margin, ink line through p. 339 & emblem 99; some marg. spotting).
Contemp. calf (corners repaired), richly gilt spine with 5 raised bands (joints splitting), gilt sides, sp. edges, mod. endpapers. Good copy.
Original Dutch version, but published after the Latin one, of this impressive emblematic treatise by the Flemish Jesuit Jan David (1545-1613). With an additional treatise against all kinds of "dark" magic, countered by a curious device (with a volvelle) of Christian divination. Engr. title within elaborate border, woodcut mark on 2nd title and E4r, 100 full-page numbered engr. plates by Th. Galle (outside collation) with emblematic scenes within ornamental borders and subscriptions in 3 languages (Latin, Dutch, French) and scripts (roman, civilité, italic). These emblems have a rather macabre, grotesque touch and some even look surrealistic "avant la lettre". Another fine full-page engr. on x4r and one outside collation in Pt. II between A2 & A3 ("Schroom en loon der boose swarte consten"). Full-page engr. with (often lacking) volvelle ("Soeckt, ende sult vinden") on Aa3r with the moving dial present. In gothic type. A few texts in civilité.
Ref. Imhof (Moretus) D-8. - BB II:73-74:D-134. - DBS II:1846:4. - Landwehr 184. - Praz 313. - BCNI 4938 (Pt. II only). - Simoni (BL) D-20 (Pt. II only). - STCV. - Not in BnF, Matagne (Namur).
€ 600 / 800