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The Pinnacle of Dutch Emblem Books

Hooft, Pieter Cornelisz
Emblemata Amatoria

Amsterdam, Wilem Jansz. Blaeu, 1618.

Oblong 4to (15 x 19 cm). 171, [1 blank] pp.


Second edition of this landmark in the history of Dutch literature and the apogee of Dutch emblem books, written by one of the most important authors of the Golden Age, the poet and historiographer Pieter Cornelisz Hooft (1581-1648). The book was printed by Hooft’s cousin, the great Amsterdam cartographer, printer and publisher Willem Janszoon Blaeu.

Praz considers Hooft’s emblems to be “original in that they are not derived immediately from his predecessors, but are freely inspired by the same or similar themes .


Hollstein (Dutch & Flemish) XXVI, p. 250, no. 59; Landwehr, Emblem Books Low Countrie 321; Leendertz 18; Praz, pp. 124-125; STCN (5 copies); De Vries, Emblemata 49.

Two rare and beautiful print-series of portraits of the counts of Flanders, Holland, Zeeland and Friesland

Martin, Cornelis; Pieter Bathasar (artist)
Les Genealogies et anciennes Descentes des Forestiers et Comtes de Flandre, avec brieves descriptions de leurs Vies et Gestes, le tout recueilly des plus veritables, approvees et anciennes Croniques et Annales qui se trouvent.

Antwerp, Andre Bax for Pieter Balthasar, 1580

Folio: (6), 118, (1) pp.


Folio. Contemporary vellum, spine ribbed, with gilt ornaments on sides accompanied by blindstamped filet borders, gilt filler inner panel with gilt ornaments at the four corners and large central gilt ornament, and with gilt stamped initials NVW and the date 1584 on front cover.

With red painted edges. With title within richly engraved allegorical borders, mounted; full page engraved armorial plate for the dedication to Matthias, Archduke of Austria; full page engraved plate with map of Flanders and large coat of arms; numerous woodcut coats of arms in text; 40 full page engraved full-length portraits of the Foresters and Counts of Flanders by Pieter Bathasar; and full-page engraved allegorical plate depicting death, with verse underneath, by Charles de Navieres.


One of the Most Beautiful Emblem Books. The Landwehr Copy

Montanus, Benedictus Arias. Abraham de Bruyn, Pieter Huys, and Jan and Hieronymus Wierix (artists)
Humanae Salutis Monumenta

Antwerp: Christophe Plantin, 1571

Octavo: Collation: A-I8, K4, A-B8.


Engraved title, engraved portrait medallion of Christ, and 70 engraved emblematic plates. Later calf binding, rebacked, spine renewed, wear to corners. Fine impressions of the plates.

A series of beautifully-rendered Biblical emblems, engraved by Abraham de Bruyn, Pieter Huys, and Jan and Hieronymus Wierix. The decorative borders of flowers, fruits, butterflies, birds and animals, engraved by Pieter Huys and Jan Sadeler, add to the beauty of the book.


Landwehr 44; cf. Sorgeloos 111; Voet 588

A Beautiful Copy in Contemporary Color, Highlighted in Gold

Snijders, Michael. Jean Galle and Michel Van Lochom (artists)
Amoris Divini et Humani Antipathia sive effectus varii, e varis Sacrae Scripturae locis deprompti Emblematis suis epressi SS PP. ...

Anvers: Michael Snyders, 1629

Large duodecimo: engraved t.p., [8] lvs., 167 p., [3] lvs. With 83 added engravings.


Brunet attributes the execution of the emblems to Jean Galle and Michel Van Lochom. Funck indicates that 39 of them come from the first edition (1626), while 44 are new and are the work of Charles de Mallery. The dedication to D. Gerard de Vilers is adorned with a full-page coat of arms.

In addition to the Latin and French text of the first edition, this edition includes translations in Dutch and Spanish.


Brunet, I, 240; Praz. p. 255; Landwehr, no. 619; Funck, 267-268.

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