2 series in 60 etchings (1st series: list, 1/24 including title, A-E 1st part. 2nd series: list, 25/50, A-C 2nd part), TC 17 x 11 cm on laid paper, ca. 22,5 x 14 cm (some foxing and sm. stains, sm. part missing at corner of title plate).
Contemp. binding 8vo: speckled calf, gilt decorated spine with raised bands and red leather label (joints part. restored, some coins dulled).
Rare complete suites of the grotesque figures edited by Koning, engraver and printseller in Amsterdam. The 60 etchings are divided in 2 series preceded by an engraved list of the plates probably after Jacob Folkema (1692-1767), who signs some etchings with the monogram ICF (Isidor Cooridon Fidelle, his pseudonym). Includes 27 etchings by Jooste van Sasse (1716-1736), 8 by P. van Buysen junior, 5 by Andries van Buysen senior, 9 by Fopje Folkema (1690-1752) and 5 by his sister Anna (1695-1768), 2 by Isaak Ledeboer (1691-1757), 1 by Jacob Keyser, and 1 unsigned. Only the list of the 1st part is entitled: "Ordre et Liste de l'oeuvre qui a pour titres Le monde plein de Fols, ou le Théâtre des Nains enrichi d'un discours chêné de leurs personages". Entitled in French, then in Dutch, captioned with ironic quatrains (in French, Dutch and German), the etchings depict dwarves, vaguely inspired by Callot's grotesques, caricaturing various "types" of the time: the stepmother, the knight, the pseudo-wizard, the ugly old woman, etc. These suites were published in Augsburg ca. 1705-1715 and in Amsterdam in 1716 (enlarged ed.), 1720 and 1775 (reduced in size).
Ref. Muller 3695 (quotes this 1716 ed. as 4th ed.).- http://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b10501760h.- Brunet III:1822.
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