[LUIKEN, Jan] De onwaardige Wereld … [Amsterdam, 1728]

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A lovely emblemata, first published in 1710. One of the most famous of Luiken’s works published in several editions.

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‘De onwaardige Wereld …’

‘De onwaardige wereld vertoond in vijftig zinnebeelden, met godlyke spreuken en stichtelyke verzen.’, by Jan Luiken published in Amsterdam, by Kornelis van der Sys in 1728.

2nd. Ed. contemporary full-vellum, 12mo (over 6,75 x 7,75 inch tall); Book, (II)-208-(X) pp. Engraved title and 50 finely etched emblematical plates (in superb condition). Landwehr 395; Van Eeghen/Kellen II 678-684 no.435 (with a detailed description of the plates).

The emblems have a caption, a biblical quotation and a poem, followed by a number of other quatations from the scripture. A lovely emblemata, first published in 1710. One of the most famous of Luiken’s works published in several editions. This is an early ed. with excellent quality of the etchings.

Jan Luiken collected poems that were a cinic view/ critique on a values-less world embellished with embematic views of figures in a historic / classical setting. These pictures are to warn the reader to act and live according to the values suggested in the bible

Jan Luyken (also called Johannes Luiken / Luycken / or Luykens) (1649-1712) was an Amsterdam born artist, engraver, and poet. He was a very important and versatile etcher in the period after Rembrandt. He was baptized in the Lamist Mennonite Church in 1673, and by 1675 he fell under the sway of the mystical fire surrounding the followers of Jacob Boehme. Closely attached to a few kindred spirits (including his son, Caspar (1672-1708)), he lived in seclusion and worked on his etchings and poems. His artistry is distinguished by its clarity, detail, and power.

 

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