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Het masker vande wereldt afgetrokken.Antwerp, widow and heirs of Jan Cnobbaerts, [1646]. 4to. With engraved title-page by Antony van der Does and 13 engraved emblems and 8 engravings in text by Frederic Bouttats. 18th-century half calf.
Landwehr, Emblem and fable books 644; Praz, p. 459; STCV (1 copy); STCN (1 other copy); not in WorldCat. Very rare first edition of an emblem book by the Dutch Jesuit Adriaan Poirters (1605-1674). It is often seen as the third edition of Ydelheyd des werelds , another emblem book by the same author, first published in 1645. The present edition, however, differs largely from Ydelheyd des werelds : it is completely revised, carries a new title and contains different engravings. Ydelheyd des werelds contained engravings by Philip de Mallery, while the present edition is illustrated with emblems by Frederik Bouttats. Both emblem books were much republished, each under its own title. Here, each emblem has a motto and a two-line moral verse, and is followed by a lengthy prozaic text, which were enlarged in later editions. Not included is the emblem on avarice on p. 74, as usual. Poirters was born in Oisterwijk in Dutch Brabant and became a Jesuit and teacher at Malines and Maastricht. Poirters was also a gifted poet, and in the present emblem book he depicts the world as proof of God's glory. With bookplate and inscription. Slightly browned, first few leaves slightly soiled, and some small marginal wormholes. Binding worn along the extremities, damaged on top of spine. Otherwise a good copy.
      [Bookseller: ASHER Rare Books (Since 1830)]
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