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Virgo Maria mystica sub solis imagines emblematicè expressa by Jan de Leenheer (1642-1691) - FIRST EDITION - 1681 - from ARTEM (SKU: 2127)

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Virgo Maria mystica sub solis imagines emblematicè expressa

by Jan de Leenheer (1642-1691)

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Scarce emblem book with 26 original plates by Bouttats

Jan de Leenheer (1642-1691).

Virgo Maria mystica sub solis imagines emblematicè expressa. [Brussels], s.n., 1681.

4°, [40], 110, [2] pp., with an engraved frontispiece, full-page coat-of-arms, woodcut title-vignette, 26 full-page engravings and woodcut head- and tailpieces. On the title the words Virgo and Maria are arranged in the shape of a cross. 19th century half blonde roan with marbled sides.

Only edition of a Southern Netherlandish Marian emblem book by Jan de Leenheer, illustrated with 26 full-page engravings made by Gaspar Bouttats (1640-1696) for this publication, text in Latin and Dutch. The impressive full-page coat-of-arms face the dedication to Diego-Ferdinand de Villegas baron of Hovorst (1658-1723), a spouse of a Belgian noble count family originally from Spain. Just two titles are known from Jan de Leenheer, both poetry in Latin and Dutch and both about women. The contrast between the works is striking. His first and most common book is known for its disdain for women: Theatrvm stvltorvm joco-serium, sive mvndvs fatvvs emblematicè expressus = Tooneel der sotten, af-beeldende door kluchtighe, maer gestichtighe sinne-spreucken, de sotheydt van de weirel (Brussels, 1669). The present 1681 publication is the rarest, and is remarkably flattering for women. According to a 19th century source this turnaround happened because De Leenheer got very ill after the first work, but he recovered and wrote the second work as a saving grace towards Maria (see Witsen Geysbeek).

Reference: P. G. Witsen Geysbeek, Biographisch, anthologisch en critisch woordenboek der Nederduitsche dichters. Amsterdam, 1823, vol. 4, p.176; Landwehr, Dutch, n° 133; N.C.H.M. Vermeulen, Jan de Leenheer o.e.s.a. : moralisator en humanist : een inleiding tot zijn leven en zijn werken. Nijmegen: Janssen, 1964; Praz, 399.

Condition: bookplate of the Jules Chamonin library, Dunkirk on front paste-down. Number in red ink on blank verso of frontispiece. Faded stain on the last few pages. Minor tear in foot margin of F4. Hinges a little rubbed. Otherwise in very good condition.


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Virgo Maria mystica sub solis imagines emblematicè expressa
Jan de Leenheer (1642-1691)
19th century half blonde roan with marbled sides
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[40], 110, [2]
BIBLIO-LIVE-1, Emblems, Art, Religion
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The page bound on the left side of a book, opposite to the recto page.
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