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Pia desideria tribus libris
Antuerpiae: Apud Lucam de Potter, [1657?]. 12mo (13.7 cm, 5.4"). Engr. t.-p., [10], 346, [2 (blank)] pp.; 45 plts. One of the most influential of the Dutch emblem books, with morals in a combination of Latin verse and prose written by Hugo to accompany the => 45 plates copper-engraved by Boetius à Bolswert. The Jesuit author (1588–1629) designed this devotional volume to follow the three stages of mystical life and meditation: purification (here, Book I: "Gemitus animae poenitentis"), illumination (II: "Vota animae sanctae"), and union (III: "Suspiria animae amantis"). The work was originally published in Antwerp in 1624, and, as stated here, the provincial's permission was renewed on 5 April 1657. The present copy matches Landwehr's collation for entry 353 save for a final printing privilege leaf not present here, cited by Landwehr as bearing a later date; this copy has an integral blank at P6 instead, conforming to the Getty's description of their copy, including their date. Provenance: 19th-century label of the Redemptorists' provincial library of Baltimore; later markings of the Redemptorists' library at Mount St. Alphonsus. DeBacker-Sommervogel, IV, 514–515; Landwehr, Emblem & Fable Books Printed in the Low Countries, 353. Contemporary morocco, covers framed in blind triple fillets, original clasps intact, spine with later hand-inked paper shelving label; binding rubbed overall, especially spine. All edges gilt. Institutional markings as above: front pastedown with 19th-century bookplate and back pastedown with pocket; front free endpaper with early inked shelving annotation; title-page verso with early inked ownership inscription, small shelving ticket, and rubber-stamp; first page of dedication and one text page with rubber-stamp; a bit of typical pencilling. Final privilegium leaf lacking, integral blank instead present. Pages mildly to moderately age-toned, a very few with slight spotting. A nice example of one of the best-received emblem books of the 17th century.
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