RARE DUTCH EMBLEM BOOK COMPLETE, WITH 100 ILLUSTRATIONS, by Crispijn van de Passe the Elder (1564-1637). Text by Rollenhagen Gabriel (1583-1619). FIRST EDITION.
Title: Nucleus emblematum selectissimorum, quae Itali vulgo impresas vocant...by ROLLENHAGEN Gabriel. Illustrations by Crispin de Passe for Jan Jansson  in Cologne and Arnhem. A charming volume with 100 engravings. A masterpiece of Dutch illustration, one of the most remarkable EMBLEMATA works from the Renaissance era.
An emblem is essentially a pictorial image accompanied by a motto and a poem. The reader had to combine these three things in order to fathom the significance of the emblem. Emblemata books could encapsulate life lessons, often with a stern moral imperative. This collection of emblems consists "of engravings of high inventive and decorative charm. Religious and moral truths are expressed in complicated imagery. Rollenhagen is the poetical inventor whose ideas De Passe delineates in delicate circular engravings" (Otto Benesch: Trends from Rubens to Daumier, p. 28).
Description: 4°, Height 17.6 x Width 14.9 cm (7 x 5.9 inches), 8 pages (engraved title + portrait of Rollenhagen and text) + 100 circular copperplates and stunning full page illustrations with engraved text by Crispin de Passe. Some pages with lower and upper corners with wet spots, the illustrations are fine, clean, well engraved and with great contrast and sharpness. Title page a little worn and with minimal margins. Two pages with a small hole. Usual slight browning of the paper of the time. Language Latin. Modern parchment binding in excellent condition. COMPLETE book, signs of age but overall in good condition.
References: Bibliotheca Belgica, H64; Landwehr, German 510 & Low Countries 573; Praz, 17th-Century Imagery I pp. 476-477 & II pp.141-42; Brunet IV, 1359; Vinet 114; Sinn-Bilder, 430.
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Illustrator: Crispijn van de Passe the Elder, or de Passe (1564-1637) was a Dutch publisher and engraver and founder of a dynasty of engravers comparable to the Wierix family and the Sadelers. Most of their engravings were portraits, book title-pages, and the like, with relatively few grander narrative subjects. Crispijn van de Passe I was born in Arnemuiden in Zeeland, and trained and worked in Antwerp, then the centre of the printmaking world, with hugely productive workshops producing work for publishers with excellent distribution arrangements throughout Europe. By 1585 he was a member of the artists' Guild of Saint Luke, and doing work for Christopher Plantin. The family's prints are well represented in most print rooms, and the National Portrait Gallery in London.
Author: Gabriel Rollenhagen, also known as Gabriele Rollenhagio or Rollenhagius (1583-1619), was a German poet and writer of emblem books. Rollenhagen, the son of the renowned poet and scholar Georg Rollenhagen, enrolled at the University of Leipzig in 1602 to study law. After his studies in 1605, he enrolled in the Faculty of Law at the University of Leiden, at the age of 23. He returned to Magdeburg in 1606 and was employed by Archbishop Christian Wilhelm of Magdeburg as the deputy of the cathedral.
- Nombre de livres
- Art, Ésotérisme, Littérature, Livres illustrés, Philosophie, Poésie, Religion
- Auteur/ Illustrateur
- Crispijn van de Passe and Rollenhagen Gabriel
- Titre du livre
- Nucleus Emblematum Selectissimorum
- Bon état
- Année de publication de l’ouvrage le plus ancien
- 1ère édition
- Langue originale
- Édition limitée, Signé(e) par l'illustrateur
- Nombre de pages
- 17.6×14.9 cm