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    Splendid Ceremonies the Paul and Marianne Gourary Collection of Illustrated Fête Books

    12 June 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 14

    ANTWERP 1561 -- Spelen van sinne vol scoone moralisacien, wtleggingen ende bediedenissen op alle loeflijcke consten... Op die Questie. Wat den mensch aldermeest tot conste verwect. -- Spelen van sinne waer inne alle oirboirlijcke ende eerlijcke handwercken ghepresen ende verhaelt worden tot grooter stichtinghe ende onderwijsinghe van eenen yeghelijcken van wat staten hy is... Op de Questie: Welck handtwerck, oirboirlijcste is van doene... Antwerp: Willem Silvius, 1562.

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    ANTWERP 1561 -- Spelen van sinne vol scoone moralisacien, wtleggingen ende bediedenissen op alle loeflijcke consten... Op die Questie. Wat den mensch aldermeest tot conste verwect. -- Spelen van sinne waer inne alle oirboirlijcke ende eerlijcke handwercken ghepresen ende verhaelt worden tot grooter stichtinghe ende onderwijsinghe van eenen yeghelijcken van wat staten hy is... Op de Questie: Welck handtwerck, oirboirlijcste is van doene... Antwerp: Willem Silvius, 1562.

    2 parts in one, 4o (224 x 152 mm). Woodcut vignette on titles, large woodcut folding plate, 2 full-page woodcut illustrations and 35 woocut illustrations in text (lacks o4 in second part, folding plate with short tear repaired, some staining.) Contemporary blind roll-tooled calf, brass clasps (catches missing, light wear to spine ends and corners).

    Illustrated account of the texts and plays performed in Antwerp on the 3rd and 24th August 1561 and organized by the different chambers of rhetoricians, the most splendid and famous drama contests of this kind ever held. It is also a fine example of Renaissance book publishing in the Netherlands. The first book is illustrated with a folding plate showing the invitation from Antwerp Chamber, woodcuts with scenes from the theatrical performances, a complicated rebus, a woodcut showing the monumental stage on the great square, and small woodcuts showing emblems. Belg. Typogr. 4400; BMC/STC Dutch p.11.


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