BOUND IN PINK VELLUM

Het hemelsch palm-hof, beplant met verscheyde schoone gebeden, oeffeningen, en litanien. 

Ghent, Bernard Poelman, [1786]. 

12mo, pp. 333, [3]; c. 30 pp. slightly thumbed (the section devoted to the celebration of the mass), otherwise an excellent copy, bound in contemporary vellum stained pink, boards with floral cornerpieces within double decorative frame, spine decorated gilt in compartments, with green morocco lettering piece in one, marbled endpapers, edges slightly rubbed; gift inscription dated 1796 and later ownership notes to front free flyleaf.

£275

Approximately:
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A beautifully bound copy of one of the most popular prayer books in the Netherlands.  Originally published in German as Das himmlisch Palm-Gärtlein (1660) by the Cologne Jesuit Wilhelm Nakatenus, it was anonymously translated into Dutch (by ‘H.F.G.V.’) and, due to its enormous success, it was reprinted multiple times well into the nineteenth century. 

Pink stained vellum bindings are rare. The custom of staining vellum in bindings dates back at least to the fifteenth century. Although colours such as green and black were mostly used, other colours were also employed, starting especially in the eighteenth century. 

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