TENGNAGEL, Mattheus Gansneb.
Klucht van Frick in 't Veur-huys.
no publisher,, No place, 1642 - 4to. 19th century blue paper wrappers. Woodcut illustration on title, woodcut initials. 28 pp. Rare, early edition of this very popular course satirical play, Tengnagel's most notorious work, published in three different editions in 1642 and republished in 1654, 1661, 1686 and 1731. According to NNBW the first edition was published in 1641, but of that edition there are no copies in STCN, listed by Oversteegen or elsewhere found recorded. Oversteegen lists 10 editions, with the one printed by Johannes Jacott in Amsterdam, 1642, as the first edition and our edition as the third.One verso of the title-page, the author has placed a nice 6-line verse:"Ai! oordeelt van mijn drollen niet/ voor dat het oog 'er rollen ziet;/ voor dat de wisse proef, met recht,/ den Kock mag schelden voor een knecht,/ en heeft hy dan te laf gebrout,/ zoo mengt het oordeel nog met zout."This is followed by two pages comprising a very nice scatological dedication to the unidentified 'A.H.' ("Kluchtige, ja dat ik dorst ik sey drollige Slut"). In this dedication, he explains that the words 'drolligh' and 'kluchtig' have the same meaning (humorous), but he follows by using the literal sense of the word drollen (turds): "Want je siet ick koom hier aentorssen met een heele turfmant opgestapelt vol van mijn drooge drollen, om deselve aen u, die inderdaet mee drollig zijt, en die mijn drollen buyten twijffel smaek zult vinden, met een goetgunstige genegentheyd toe te duwen. Haddenze nat geweest, ik zouze in een balie gebragt hebben, daer kunnenze niet licht deur druypen. (.)."The play itself (featuring 15 players) goes as follows. Frik's mother Dieuwertje visits Grietje van Buren's sewing-school with cloth that has to be sewn for Frik's marriage. This results in a slanging-match, because a few weeks before, Grietje gave birth to a child of which Frik is the father! The debauchee Frik is chased out of the house by his mother. The house is then besieged by three heavily armed women: Grietje, Saartje (whom Frik has also promised to marry) an a neighbour, causing a tumultuous scuffle in front of the house. Frik, taking pride in his noble conduct, is summoned before the "Comissarissen in d'ouwe Kerk" by the sexton.Little is known about the author Matheus Gansneb Tengnagel (1613-ca. 1652). As early as 1635 he was put under guardianship because of his flightyness. His writings are a reflection of his life: he uses course and vulgar language and is uncompromising and imodest towards other people. His works, sometimes deservingly following Constantijn Huygens, can be easily read and are of importance for the knowledge of Amsterdam citizens of the time. Good copy. Van Aken, Cat. Ned. Toneel, I, p. 329; Oversteegen, Mattheus Gansneb Tengnagel. Alle werken (1969), A VI, 3; J.A. Worp, Geschiedenis van het drama en van het tooneel in Nederland, I, p. 445; NNBW II, p.1418f. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]
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