HEAVEN AND HELL GLIMPSED BY RUBENS’ ENGRAVER

Via vitae aeternae iconibus illustrata per Boetium a Bolswert.

Antwerp, Martin Nutius, 1620.

8vo, pp. [xvi], 875, [21]; with an emblematic engraved frontispiece and 32 engraved emblematic plates by Boetius a Bolswert; a very good copy in contemporary vellum, soiled, ties perished; nineteenth-century ownership inscription in the lower margin of the title (Joseph Haskell, 1844) and Haskell’s dedication inscription to his ‘beloved wife Anna Carolina’ dated 1857 in the rear free end-paper.

£1500

Approximately:
US $0€0

Make an enquiry

First edition, a very clean, attractive copy, of an emblem book which unites the spiritual meditations and practices of the Belgian Jesuit Antoine Sucquet with fine emblematic illustrations devised by the great baroque engraver Boetius a Bolswert (c. 1580-1633), called by Praz ‘the illustrator of the sentimental and ecstatic states of the soul’. Boetius a Bolswert’s exquisite refinement gives here, again in Praz’ words, views of Hell and glimpses of Heaven. Man’s worse drives are iconized in satyrs, ghouls, harpies, werewolves, semi-human lizards, his progress towards eternal life ever hindered by the multifarious and rapacious beast within. With his brother Schilte, Boetius was among the most sensitive and felicitous engravers to render Rubens’ drawings. Sucquet’s emblem book was extremely successful, with 177 editions in Latin within a decade, and many vernacular translations.

Brunet V, 577; De Backer-Sommervogel, VII, col 1690, no. 1; Praz, p. 506.

You may also be interested in...

[ILLENGEN, von, and Jakob FUNCK.]

Plans und journals von denen Belagerungen des letzteren Kriegs in Flandern, zusammen getragen von zweyen ausländischen Capitainen in französischen Diensten.

First edition in German: a French-language edition was issued in the same year by the same publisher. An account of Louis XV’s sieges in the Austrian Netherlands from 1744, when France joined the War of the Austrian Succession through an alliance with Prussia, to the conclusion of the conflict in 1748.

Read more

JONSON, Ben.

The Works … in seven Volumes. Collated with all the former Editions, and corrected; with Notes critical and explanatory. By Peter Whalley, late Fellow of St John’s College in Oxford …

First critical edition of Jonson’s works. The text is based largely on the edition of 1717, but also makes use of quartos from Garrick’s library, in particular adding for the first time one of the playwright’s earliest works, ‘the lost or forgotten’ play The Case is Altered (1609).

Read more