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Den nieuwen verbeterden lust-hof, gheplant vol uytglesene, eerlijcke, amoreuse ende vrolijke ghesanghen, als Mey, bruylofts, tafel, ende nieu jaers liedekens, met noch verscheyden tsamen-spreeckinghen tusschen vryer en vryster. Verciert met seeckere copere figueren die opte liedekens accorderen . . . Den vierden druck ghebetert. Amsterdam, Dirck Pietersz.

Pers, [c. 1610.]

Two parts in one volume, oblong 4to, pp. [viii], 96; 24; printed in civilité, roman and gothic letter, each part with its own title bearing the same large engraving after David Vinckboons depicting outdoor music-making and feasting; nine column-width engravings in the text; some very light browning and marginal soiling, but a very good copy in modern vellum.

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Den nieuwen verbeterden lust-hof, gheplant vol uytglesene, eerlijcke, amoreuse ende vrolijke ghesanghen, als Mey, bruylofts, tafel, ende nieu jaers liedekens, met noch verscheyden tsamen-spreeckinghen tusschen vryer en vryster. Verciert met seeckere copere figueren die opte liedekens accorderen . . . Den vierden druck ghebetert. Amsterdam, Dirck Pietersz.

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Fourth edition of this charming and rare Dutch songbook. First published in 1602, it was revised for subsequent editions c. 1604 and in 1607. The content of the present edition, published c. 1610, follows that of 1607 but was printed using a different civilité type.

Among several significant additions introduced in the 1607 edition were the first published poems of the Dutch poet and playwright Joost van den Vondel (1587–1679), namely ‘Dedicatie aan de jonkvrouwen’ (‘Dedication to the maidens’), ‘De jacht van Cupido’ (‘Cupid’s hunt’) and ‘Oorlof-lied’ (‘Valedictory song’). These poems ‘are full of classical mythology and mild eroticism in line with the latest literary trend . . . . [They] also mark the commencement of years of cooperation between Vondel and publisher Dirck Pietersz. Pers, who was launching a career of his own in publishing with new editions of the anthologies Emblemata amatoria and Den nieuwen verbeterden lust-hof. The texts and illustrations had been purchased from the list of works owned by the widow of publisher Hans Mathysz., who had died young. But as the title suggests, Den nieuwen verbeterden lust-hof was a thoroughly revised version. The anthology, which initially comprised works by second-rate rhetorician poets, had been expanded by Pers to include twelve songs by major writers including Pieter Cornelisz. Hooft and Karel van Mander, as well as the three aforementioned poems by Vondel’ (Mietke B. Smits-Veldt and Marijke Spies, ‘Vondel’s life’ in J. Bloemendal and F-W. Korsten, eds., Joost van den Vondel (1587–1679), 2012, pp. 51–83, pp. 52–3).

Although without music, most of the poems here are preceded by a rubric giving the popular melody to which they were to be sung: ‘Passomezo Cicili’, ‘Tant que vivray’, ‘Alemande lonnette’, ‘Fortuyn Anglois’, and so forth.

Provenance: the art dealer and bibliophile Vincent van Gogh (1866–1911), cousin of the artist, with his bookplate (presumably transferred from previous binding).

Scheurleer I p. 137; Simoni V211. Carter & Vervliet (p. 108, no. 309) cite an edition dated 1608, but we have been unable to verify the existence of such an edition. OCLC records nine copies of the present edition, of which only five appear to contain the second part as here (Amsterdam, Erfurt, Glasgow, National Library of Sweden and The Hague).

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