Title: Zedelyke en Stichtelyke Gezangen, van Jan Luiken; Bound with Des Menschen Begin, Midden en Einde, 1734/1754
Author: Jan Luyken; Cornelis Van der Sys
Publisher: Te Amsteldam, by Kornelis vander Sys
An early 18th century edition of Luyken’s emblematic work; Moral and Foundation-like Songs, along with The Praise and Judgment of the Works of Mercy. Additionally bound is Luyken’s emblematic work; Man’s Beginning, Middle, and End, Showing the Childlike Behavior and Growth, in fifty-one elaborate figures, with Divine Proverbs and Edifying Verses.
The first work contains 31 engravings and a frontispiece. The second, containing 50 engravings, and a 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 bound into one volume in 12mo, (10)+300+(8), (30)+103+(4) pages
On note of condition, this volume is in good shape, with heavy rubbing and wear to the binding, and peeling to the spine. There is a horizontal tear below the engraving on page 7 of the first work. There is some foxing and staining throughout.