Title: Goddelyke Liefde-Vlammen, 1736
Author: Jan Luyken
Publisher: Tot Amsterdam, By de Verheydens
An early 18th century edition of Luiken’s emblematic work; Divine Love Flames: Or a Sequel of Jesus and the Soul Acting of a Penitent, Sanctified, Loving, and Her Self-dying Soul
The emblem designs in this work are based off those in Herman Hugo’s Pia Desideria, which was published in 1629, and are depicted in reverse. The engraved frontispiece preceding each of the three parts are later copies by Lambrecht, from Luiken’s 1691 edition.
There are 45 in text engravings, and 3 engraved frontispieces.
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.
Worldcat records 32 existing copies of this edition in libraries.
Three parts bound into one vellum bound volume in 12mo, (16)+224 pages
On note of condition, this volume is in poor shape, with minor rubbing and wear to the binding, with staining to the vellum covers. The entire text block is detached but holding together as one. The gathering of the main title page up to the non-numbered leaves are loosening, though holding. The gathering of pages 51 to 62 is loosening, holding by a thread, though the pages 53-60 inside are completely loose. There is some foxing and staining throughout.