Title: Regia via Crucis, 1635
Author: Benedictus van Haeften
Publisher: Antverpiae, ex officina Plantiniana Balthasaris Moreti
Condition: Very Good
A Plantin Press first edition of Haeften’s Regia via Crucis, the devotional emblem work which was not just used to educate readers on the significance of the Stations of the Cross, but also to inspire an imitation of Christ, and understand the pathway to Paradise.
Of Haefton himself, he was the Provost of Affligem Abbey, and a writer of religious works in general. Regia via Crucis proved to be his most popular work, printed in several dozen editions and in various translations.
This work features 38 full page emblems engraved by Corneille Galle, with the title page having been designed by master artist Peter Paul Rubens. Each emblem is a different representation of the symbol of the Cross, bearing a different title and quote per engraving. The title has been handwritten on the spine.
Of the title page itself, Haeften commissioned Rubens to design it, which would then be engraved by Galle. When the initial design was presented, Haeften disputed that the image of St. Teresa of Avila was too scantily clad, and that she be more modestly dressed. This stands in stark contrast to the lack of dressing on the figure across her.
One volume in octavo, XI+404+(26) pages
On note of condition, this volume is in very good shape, with light rubbing and wear to the binding, and stress to the joints. The front cover upper joint is starting. There is very little foxing or staining throughout.