Antverpiae [Antwerp]: apud viduam & haeredes Joannis Cnobbari, sub signo S. Petri. MDCLVIII . Vellum. Rare Antwerp impression of Engelgrave's best known work, two parts (with separate title pages) in one volume. 4to (228 x 176mm): ,352[334 misprinted 234],[44, indices]; ,492[but 494: pp. 153-160 misprinted as 1-8], p. 295 as 195, pp. 340-341 as 342-343, p. 348 as 349, pp. 377-378 repeated in number only],[40, indices]pp, with title-page vignettes, 55 emblems within ornamental scroll borders engraved by Jacob van Meurs (1619-1680), and numerous woodcut tailpieces. Contemporary vellum with yapped edges, later green silk ties. Exceptionally clean and bright throughout, the engravings in rich, deep impressions. Provenance: van de Catholijke Kerk te Zierikzee (book label on rear paste down). De Backer & Sommervogel III, p. 395. Not in Landwehr or Praz, but see Landwehr (Dutch) 65 and (Low Countries) 222 and Praz, p. 327, for other Antwerp editions. Fine. Item #BB0569
First printed in Cologne, in 1657. Engelgrave was a Belgian Jesuit. His illustrated guide to the liturgical year presents themes for sermons on religious holidays and saints days, summed up in emblems with mottoes borrowed from classical poets, the religious meaning made explicit by biblical quotations. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).