Title: Vonken der Liefde Jezus; Bound with; Jezus en de Ziel, 1763/1714
Author: Jan Luyken
Publisher: Te Amsteldam, By Gerrit de Groot en zoon; de Wed. P. Arentz
A mid 18th century edition of Luyken’s emblematic work; Sparks of Jesus’ Love, of the God-Desiring fire of souls: his little flowers of blessed hope, to the delight of walkers, by the roadside, after Vredenryk: an embrace of fifty images, with their verses playing upon them, and holy spells. Additionally bound, is his other emblematic work, Jesus and the Soul: A Spiritual Mirror for the Mind, Consisting of Forty Pleasant and Edifying Symbols. There are also the remnants of a third work, though the majority of it has been torn out.
There are 50 emblematic engravings to the first work with an engraved frontispiece, and 40 emblematic engravings to the second work, with 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.
Two works and a fragment bound into one volume in 12mo, (16)+212+(20), 190+(2) pages
On note of condition, this volume is in poor shape, with heavy rubbing and wear to the binding, and significant peeling to the spine or front cover. Pages 1, 149, 151, 153, and 155 of the first work all bear extremely crude signs of restoration with thick paper, often blocking some of the text. Pages 157-158 are lacking. There is minor foxing and staining throughout.