Silenus Alcidiadis, sive Proteus, Vitæ Humanæ Ideam, Emblemate Trifariàm Variato, Oculis Subijciens. [Bound with:] Maechden-Plicht ofte ampt der Ionck-Frouwen, in Eerbaer Liefde, Aen-Ghewesen Door Sinnebeelden. Officium Puellarum, in Castis Amoribus, Emblemate Expressum
Middelburg: Hans van der Hellum, 1618, 1618. First edition of both works. First issue of the first work; variant of the second work with the text ending with "Corrigenda & Notanda" on the final unpaginated leaf . Praz, page 300; Landwehr, Low Countries, 100 & 133. Fine copy.. Two volumes in one (the first work is in three parts), 4to, navy full morocco by Bedford, marbled endpapers, boards with gilt rules and inner dentelles, gilt decorated and lettered spine, a.e.g. Engraved title-pages to the three parts of the first work, 51 engraved circular emblems (repeated in the second and third parts); the second work with 44 engraved circular emblems. Lacking the folding engraved plate at page 106 in the first work. The first two published works by the popular Dutch poet, writer, and emblematist Jacob Cats (1577-1660). Silenus Alcidiadis was Cats' most popular work, and Maechden-Plicht is an interesting advice book for young women that was widely translated and reprinted. The two works are often found bound together. Of both works only four examples have appeared in American Book Prices Current since 1941. (Inventory #: 27146)
English & American Literature, Americana, First Editions, Bibliography
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