London, South Kensington
30 November 2001
VAENIUS Otto (1556-1629). Q. Horati Flacci emblemata. Imaginibus in aes incisis notisq[ue] illustrata, Antwerp: Hieronymus Verdussen, 1607.
Small 4° (236 x 186mm.), half title, engraved title vignette of Horace, 103 full-page illustrations by C. Boel, C. Galle and P. de Jode after Veen, mottos in Latin, verses in Dutch and French by G. A. Bredero (paper slip pasted on half-title, occasional light spotting or marginal light thumb-soiling), contemporary calf gilt, arms of Samuel Bernard on sides [Olivier 1042, fer 1], spine with raised bands, brown morocco-lettering piece, compartments decorated in gilt with central floral motif and foliate cornerpieces and star tools. Provenance: Samuel Bernard (ca. 1651-1720, son of the French painter and printmaker).
FIRST EDITION of this highly-regarded work by Otto van Veen of Leyden which transformed Horace into emblems. The artist, who counted Rubens among his pupils, went on to publish the Amorum Emblemata at Antwerp in 1608, and both works were of lasting influence. Landwehr Low Countries 678; Praz p. 168; Vinet n. 860.
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