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Dapes inemptae, of de Moufe-schans, dat is, de soeticheydt des buyten-levens, vergheselschapt met de boucken. Afgedeelt in X gangen. Nieuwe editie.Leiden, Daniel Roels (colophon: printed by Joris Abrahamsz van der Marsce), 1621. 8vo. With woodcut view of a country-house on title-page. Contemporary overlapping vellum, modern endpapers.
J.G. Frederiks, "Petrus Hondius", in: TNTL VI (1886), pp. 103-159; Simoni H-168; Waller 826; cf. Dash, Tulipomania (1999). Much expanded second, and the first authorized, edition of a long Dutch poem celebrating life on the country house Moffenschans (literally "Trenches of the Krauts"). It's the second known Dutch poem in the genre known as "hofdicht" (country house poetry) and particularly interesting because of its autobiographical character. The author, Pertus Hondius, appears to be a permanent guest in the house owned by Terneuzen's mayor Johan Serlippens, as he had brought his own library and helped shaping the renowned garden. The poem is divided into ten parts: staring with a comparison between city and country, followed by descriptions of the country house, the flower-garden, the kitchen-garden and the garden of medical herbs, a chapter on dining and cookery and four parts on different exercises and activities.Hondius is known for growing tulips and his enthusiasm is reflected in verses celebrating their beauty. He even hints at the upcoming tulip craze: "All these fools want is tulip bulbs | Heads and hearts have but one wish | Let's try and eat them; it will make us laugh | to taste how bitter is that dish" (translation by Dash). After Terneuzen was liberated from the Spaniards in 1583 by Maurice of Nassau, he had his German brother in law, Philips van Hohenlohe, built fortifications around the city, including an entrenchment just outside the city walls, which became known as the Moffenschans (literally "Trenches of the Krauts"). After the German troops had left, the ground was bought by Terneuzen's mayor Serlippens, who built a country house and garden, maintaining its original name.Title-page slightly soiled and a few spots and minor wormholes. Four of five sewing supports broken and the bookblock almost completely separated from the binding between the first and second leaf. Still a very good copy.
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