HAECHT GOIDTSENHOVEN, Laurens van (1527-1603). Mikrokosmos. Parvus Mundus. Amsterdam: Theodor Pierre, [c.1609].
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HAECHT GOIDTSENHOVEN, Laurens van (1527-1603). Mikrokosmos. Parvus Mundus. Amsterdam: Theodor Pierre, [c.1609].

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HAECHT GOIDTSENHOVEN, Laurens van (1527-1603). Mikrokosmos. Parvus Mundus. Amsterdam: Theodor Pierre, [c.1609].

4° (183 x 140mm). Engraved title and 74 engraved emblems by G. de Jode. (Repaired tears to N2-N3.) Later vellum, engraved gilt arms on covers within gilt borders, green spine label, gilt edges. Provenance: removed ownership inscription on title — early annotation on A3.

A RARE EMBLEM BOOK. An identical edition is noted by Praz (p. 113) as printed in Arnhem. The Latin text first appeared at Antwerp in 1579 and a French translation was then printed in 1589. Each emblem bears a Latin caption and bible quotation, with a poem in Latin on the opposite page. The book is based on the theme 'Cognoy Toy Mesme': the illustrations, mottoes and poems are elaborations on this subject, and the examples are mostly derived from classical mythology and philosophy. Landwehr, Low Countries 557 (First French edition); Praz p. 427 (Arnhem edition).
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