T'Amsteldam [Amsterdam]: Justus Dankerts, konst, kaert, en boekverkooper in de Kalverstraet in de Dankbaerheyt, 1683. Vellum. First edition of this emblem book by Dutch poet Anthoni Jansen, based on the 1607 Latin edition of Otto van Veen's enduringly popular Quinti Horatii Flacci Emblemata, illustrating the poems of Horace. 4to (203 x 155mm): ,205,pp, with engraved oval portrait of Horace on title-page and 103 large emblems by A. Loeimans and A. Seil after van Veen. Contemporary parchment-laced vellum case binding, manuscript labeling to spine. Jansen added a preface, as an aide to interpreting the emblems, and one of his poems (first published here) in both Dutch and French, as well as a quotation in Latin from Horace, to the page facing each emblem. The emblems for this edition were newly engraved at Amsterdam, most in reverse after van Venn's originals, using various techniques to enhance the nuanced play of light and dark. All emblems have a motto in Latin engraved below on the copperplate and a French letterpress quatrain. A superlative example in the original binding, tight, square and clean throughout (occasional finger-soiling to page margins), with dark, rich impressions of the plates. Landwehr (EBLC) 690. Praz, p. 523-24. De Vries (Emblemata) 38. McGeary & Nash. Emblem books at the University of Illinois V26. Fine. Item #BB2153
Otto van Veen's "Emblems from Horace" (principally from the Odes and Satires) is a classic of the emblematic literature, originally published, in Antwerp, in 1607, then reprinted in numerous editions with polyglot text, ensuring it a Europe-wide readership. Van Veen was among the most important Dutch emblematists of the seventeenth-century, as well as Antwerp's leading artist and dean of the painters' guild of St. Luke. Peter Paul Rubens entered his studio, in 1594 or 1595, as an apprentice, and Veen's role as a classically educated humanist artist influenced Rubens profoundly. 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.).