Title: Jesus en de Ziel, 1696
Author: Jan Luyken
Publisher: t'Amsterdam, by de Weduwe Pieter Arentsz
Condition: Very Good
A late 17th century edition of Luiken’s emblematic work; Jesus and the Soul, a Spiritual Mirror for the Mind, Consisting of Forty Pleasant and Edifying Images, Contained in Three Parts.
There are 40 emblematic engravings present, including the frontispiece.
The first emblem book by Luiken, it was supposedly influenced by the German mysticism of Jacob Boehme and containing many references to other emblem books such as Amoris divini emblemata and the popular Pia Desideria by Hugo, on top of parallels.
While Luiken did study these other emblematic texts heavily, he learned to differentiate from them as well with different interpretations, though shortly before his death in 1712 he created a new set of engravings for this work, as he sought to distance himself from his original sources.
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 quarter vellum bound volume in 12mo, 189 pages
On note of condition, this volume is in very good shape, with very little rubbing or wear to the binding. There is a corner missing from page 160, though not affecting any text or imagery. There is light scribbling throughout in blank spaces and numbering in pencil below various engravings, though the reason is unknown. There is some soiling and staining throughout.