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HUYGENS, Constantijn.

Ses Boecken van de ledige uren] Otiorum libri sex. Poëmata varij sermonis, styli, argumenti.

      Hans Passchier van Wesbusch,, Haarlem, 1641 - Oblong 16mo. Contemporary half vellum; boards covered with sprinkled paper, title written in ink on spine; with charming 'claves' for the six books, protruding from the fore-edge. 543, (1) pp. Rare third edition - in fact a page-for-page reprint of the second edition, published in 1634 by the same publisher, also in the charming oblong 16mo format - of the first collection of poems in Dutch, Latin, French and Italian, of one of the three most famous poets of the Dutch Golden Age, Constantijn Huygens (1596-1687), the lifelong secretary of the stadtholders, the princes of Orange Frederick Henry, and Willem II and father of the perhaps even more famous physicist Christiaan Huygens. Huygens is often considered a member of what is known as the Muiderkring, a group of leading intellectuals gathered around Pieter Corneliszoon Hooft, who met regularly at the castle of Muiden near Amsterdam. Huygens is arguably one of the most prolific poets of the Dutch Golden Age and one of the last 'huomo universale'. As a man of his era, Huygens played also a large number of instruments (lute, gamba, harpsichord ) for which he wrote a large number of musical pieces. Near The Hague in the neighboring town Voorburg, Huygens built a small villa, called Hofwijck ('Vitaulium' in Latin), meant as a get-away from the Court in The Hague.The first edition of the Otia, or Ledige uyren, was published in 1625 in The Hague in 4to by Arn. Meursius. Apart from some occasional poems from his youth published in different collections and the publication of his long poems ''t Costelick mal' and ''t Voorhout' in 1622. The Otia showcased his first 'collected poems', and marked the end of Constantijn's formative years, and the end of his youth. The work has been very influential for Dutch poetry of the later seventeenth century and is provided with laudatory poems by a.o. the two other great Dutch poets of the 17th century P.C. Hooft and Joost van den Vondel.Contents:p. 1: Title, verso: contents.p. 2-7: Dedication and poem to Daniel Heinsius, the famous professor at Leiden University, friend of the Huygens family with whom Constantijn had studied for several years, dated The Hague, 27 May 1625.p. 8-11: Preface.p. 12-32: Laudatory poems in Latin and Dutch by his friends: the well-known Neo-Latin poet and professor at Amsterdam Caspar Barlaeus, J. Westerbaen (2x), P.C. Hooft (2x), Laurens Reael, Jacob van der Burch and Joost van den Vondel.p. 33-110: Liber I - ' Farrago Latina': occasional poems partly made during his journeys as a secretary of several embassies to England till 1625.p. 111-148: Liber II - 'Des heures oisiues . Qui contient les efforts fran├žois & italiens': Huygens's French and Italian poems.p. 149-212: Liber III - 'Der ledige uyren . Daer in meest Bibel-stoff': Huygens's devotional poems, preceded by a poem for his mother Susanna Hoefnagel.p. 213-290: Liber IV - 'Der ledige uyren . Daer in 't Costelick mall ende 't Voorhout: met weinigh meer': the two long poems published for the first time in 1622.p. 291-396: Liber V - 'Der ledige uyren . Daer in de Stemmen eeniger steden ende dorpen van Holland: mitsgaders sijne Characteres oft Printen': the poems on the Dutch towns and some villages and ( p. 306-396) poems on types of people: on a king, a beggar, a soldier, a sailor, a minister, a physician, an alchemist, a poet, an executioner, a farmer and a good and bad courtier.p. 397-543: Liber VI - 'Der ledige uyren . Daer in van als': poems on various subjects as well as some of his translations, f.e. 'Del pastor fido'. Very fine copy of this rare edition, from the library of J. (I.) Doedes; with a small ex-libris with coat-of-arms with the motto 'Sublima curo' pasted to the inner side of the front board.- (As in several other copies the Dutch title is lacking). Bibl. Belg. H 103; Huygens, De gedichten (ed. Worp), I, p. xxii, nr. V; Eyffinger, 'Beknopte bibliogr. Const. Huygens', in: Huygens herdacht (1987), p. 61, nr. 211; Scheurleer, Liedboeken, 150. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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