WITH EMBLEMATIC ENGRAVINGS

Devoti admodum et consolatione pleni confessionales Psalmi septem in quibus peccator divinam pro criminibus clementiam deprecatur … Nunc post Bambergensem quoque anni M.DC.LXXIII editionem denuo … datur … Illustratum praeterea est ultima hac editione piis aliquot iconismis opusculum.

Dillingen, Johann Caspar Bencard, 1675.

12mo, pp. [6], 144, [2 (blank)], with engraved frontispiece and 11 engraved plates; occasional light foxing; overall very good in contemporary calf over wooden boards, brass fore-edge clasps and catches; spine worn with small losses, some wear to corners and covers, wanting front free endpaper; faint pencil notes to front pastedown.

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Devoti admodum et consolatione pleni confessionales Psalmi septem in quibus peccator divinam pro criminibus clementiam deprecatur … Nunc post Bambergensem quoque anni M.DC.LXXIII editionem denuo … datur … Illustratum praeterea est ultima hac editione piis aliquot iconismis opusculum.

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Rare illustrated edition of this work devoted to confession and seeking forgiveness for sins by Isidorus a Cruce (d. 1681), abbot of St Charles the Great in Prague.

In addition to its unusual title-page, which in fact extends over five pages, the work contains twelve attractive engraved emblematic plates, incorporating Biblical quotations, which include depictions of King David harping, children playing (one blowing bubbles), numerous devils (including several with noses in the shape of trumpets), a remarkable clock with a heart at its centre, and wild beasts attacking a man with an orb chained to his leg.

The Dillingen publisher Johann Caspar Bencard (1649–1720) issued mostly theological works but also produced several emblem books, listed in Landwehr’s German Emblem Books.

VD17 12:101448X. No copies traced in the UK or US.

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