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BOURGOGNE, Antoine de (1593/4-1657)
Linguae vitia & remedia Emblematicè expressa
Antwerp: widow Cnobbaert, 1652. Small oblong 16mo (74 x 97 mm). Collation: a8 b4 A-M8. 2 parts, continuously paginated. [12] leaves, 191, [1 bl.] pp. Half-title, etched title, 93 full-page etchings. This copy includes the cancelled leaf A8, blank except for pagination and headline on the verso. Nineteenth-century red morocco with triple gilt fillet borders, spine and turn-ins gold-tooled, edges gilt over marbling, by Trautz-Bauzonnet. Provenance: James Toovey (1814-1893), London bookseller, armorial gilt bookplate with motto inter folia fructus.*** One of the most charming Netherlandish emblem books, with 94 fine near-miniature etchings. This second Latin edition reprints the same plates and text as that of 1631, which was published at the same time as a Flemish-language edition. The purpose of the book was to list and propose remedies for the "vices" of speech: garrulousness, equivocation, insults, foul language, detraction, blasphemy, lying, perjury and calumny. The theme can be traced back to antiquity, having been treated by Plutarch in the Moralia; but the author, a member of the secular clergy at the Cathedral of Bruges, was more immediately influenced by Erasmus's De linguae usu ac abusu (1525). Part 1 provides examples of improper or sinful speech; two introductory emblems (the first a grisly vision of hell) are followed by 45 examples of such speech, each with an etched emblem on the verso and a motto and four-line poem on the facing recto, with an occasional note in smaller italic type at the foot of the page. Part 2, with 45 more etchings, turns to the remedie … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Musinsky Rare Books, Inc. [US]
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