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GALLEUS Joannes; GRACHT Hendrik van der, SJ
Het Leven van Sint Joseph Jesu voester-heer, in printjes vertoon. (- Vita S. Ioseph Bmae. Virginis sponsi patriarcharum maximi iconibus delineata)
1689. Engraved architectural title-page featuring a roundel with portrait of St. Joseph with his emblems, 28 numbered engravings showing scenes of the life of Christ and St. Joseph. Sm. 8vo. [4]ff. 68pp. [2]ff. 19th century half-calf marbled boards, label to spine lettered in gilt (upper hinge cracked but sound, corners rubbed). Antwerp: Joannes Galle (for Joannes Stichter 1689). A rare illustrated life of St. Joseph signed by the Antwerp engraver Joannes Galle (1600-76) but probably by his father Theodore. In this rare edition the plates are interleaved with poems in Dutch by the Jesuit, Hendrik van der Gracht (1640-1720) on the theme of the life of Saint Joseph and the Holy Family. Although executed on a very small scale there is a wealth of detail in these delicate engravings. Each has a title engraved in capitals at the head and a six-line poem below, here with ?Joannes Galle excudit? at the foot. The engravings were originally published earlier in the century as an undated suite of plates signed by his father Theodore Galle (1570-1633). Provenance: 19th century bookplates of Mary Barbara Hales and Ramsgate Abbey.A little marginal dampstaining. Backer-Sommervogel IX, 1152. OCLC (USA: Boston College, Harvard and UCLA only). [Attributes: Signed Copy; Hard Cover]
Bookseller: Maggs Bros. Ltd ABA, ILAB, PBFA, BA [London, United Kingdom]
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