Title: Des Menschen Begin, Midden en Einde, 1768
Author: Jan Luyken
Publisher: Te Amsteldam : By de Erven van F. Houttuyn
An uncommon mid 18th century edition of Luyken’s emblematic work; Man's Beginning, Middle, and End, Showing the Childlike Behavior and Growth, in fifty-one elaborate figures, with Divine Proverbs and Edifying Verses.
Worldcat records 39 existing copies of this edition in libraries.
There are 48 in text engravings depicting many contemporary children’s games and occupations, along with an additional engraving of Luyken, and an engraved frontispiece.
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 vellum bound volume in 12mo, (34)+98+(6) pages
On note of condition, this volume is in fair shape, with minor rubbing and wear to the binding. Pages 43-44 and 93-94 are lacking. Page 95 is detached, and the final gathering is loosened, though holding. There is foxing and staining throughout.