Title: Infernus, Damnatorum Carcer et rogus, 1632
Author: Jeremias Drexel
Publisher: Colon. Agrippinae, Apud Bernard Gualteri
An early 17th century edition of Drexel’s Infernus, being his illustrated work depicting and describing the various tortures and forms of suffering for those sinners destined to an eternity in Hell. There are eight different torments, and the one engraving relating to lamenting depicts the chant of sorrow sung by those damned sinners. There are 9 engravings, and the engraved title page.
Drexel was a Jesuit writer of devotional literature and theological works, and a professor of the humanities. From professor to being court preacher to Maximilian I, Drexel led a decorated life, giving up his career as a preacher in 1621 and wholly devoting himself to writing theological works. From Infernus damnatorum carcer et rogus to Gymnasium Patientae, he published roughly 20 works, printing hundreds of thousands of copies.
One volume in 32mo, (16)+315 pages
On note of condition, this volume is in good shape, with rubbing and wear to the binding, and chipping to the head of the spine, and a wormhole to the rear board. There is a tear to page 145, obscuring the page number. The margins to the title page and first plate have been cut or torn away, thought the illustrations remain fully intact. There is little foxing and staining throughout.