Title: De Onwaardige Wereld, 1778
Author: Jan Luyken
Publisher: Te Amsterdam, by de Erven van F. Houttuyn
Condition: Very Good
A late 18th century edition of Luiken’s emblematic work; the Unworthy World, Displayed in Fifty Symbols. With Godly Proverbs and Verses.
There are 50 emblematic engravings present in the text.
Of Luyken, he was born in 1649, in Amsterdam, becoming a poet and etcher in 1671, and debuting his first work entitled Duytse Lier, a collection of love poems. Over the years he continued to publish more works with illustrations of his own design, each becoming more emblematic in nature than the light, typically produced for the promotion of moral and ethical conduct. His poetry and illustrations often bore connections to everyday life as well. Between himself and his son Casper, the pair produced roughly 3200 etchings and engravings, many of them designed for the books of other Dutch writers. Luyken’s fame and popular were such that they proved to be incredibly popular in the Netherlands and abroad in Europe, with numerous reprints and pirate editions throughout the years.
One volume in 12mo, (6)+208+(10) pages
On note of condition, this volume is in very good shape, with some rubbing and wear to the binding, and peeling to the spine. There is virtually no foxing or staining throughout.