Title: Het Leerzaam Huisraad, 1771
Author: Jan Luyken
Publisher: Te Amsteldam, By de Erven van F. Houttuyn
A late 18th century edition of Luyken’s emblematic work; the Instructive Household Goods, Presented in Fifty Elaborate Figures, With Divine Proverbs and Edifying Verses.
There are 50 emblematic engravings throughout, 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 volume in 12mo, (8)+182+(2) pages
On note of condition, this volume is in good shape, with minor rubbing and wear to the binding. The text block is partially detached from the binding, though still holding at the rear, and a candidate for repair. There is very little foxing or staining throughout.