30 April 2008
VEEN, Otto van (1556-1629). Q. Horati Flacci emblemata. Antwerp: Hieronymus Verdussen for the author, 1607.
4° (270 x 203mm). Half-title. Engraved portrait of Horace on title, and 103 full-page engraved emblems by Boel, Galle, and de Jode after Veen. Contemporary vellum over thin pasteboards, spine lettered in manuscript, FFF stamp at foot, marbled endpapers (tear at head of spine). Provenance: WR (contemporary inscription with motto on title) -- "Dieu sciat pourquoy" (contemporary flyleaf inscription) -- list of subject of each emblem written in a neat early hand on front flyleaf -- Francis Ferrnad Foljambe (stamp on title and binding).
FIRST EDITION OF VEEN'S FAMOUS EMBLEM BOOK. The text is compiled from Horace and other classical sources; the emblems after van Veen combine Netherlandish traditions with Southern German and Italian mannerist currents. Van Veen settled in Antwerp in 1585, with Peter Paul Rubens as his pupil from 1596 to 1600. Heckscher & Sherman, Emblem Books in the Princeton University Library, 746; Landwehr, Low Countries 817; cf. Praz p. 523 for the Dutch/French edition.
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