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Korte inleydinge der feesten Israels, twelck rechte tijtkaarten zijn, waer in ghy sien meucht hoe veel groot jaaren die werelt ghestaan heeft, ende hoe veel groot jaren datse noch staan sal, ende in wat groot jaar datse vergaan sal.[Amsterdam, Robert Robertsz. le Canu?], 1593. 4to. With 7 folding engraved plates, each with 4 to 7 small engravings of biblical scenes, 6 of the plates with the scenes positioned in a 24.5 cm diameter circular chronological diagram, but set in a linear diagram in the other (8 x 28 cm), and 8 woodcut diagrams in the text. With the compartments in the diagrams coloured by a contemporary hand. Late 19th-century half mottled sheepskin.
Machiels R199; Moes & Burger 528: Typ. Bat. 2909; for Robbertsz. Le Canu: NNBW I, cols. 561-565. Rare first edition of an extraordinary treatise on the Jewish calendar, chronology and cabala, combined with a Mennonite song-book containing eleven hymns in Dutch, both by the Amsterdam schoolmaster, mathematician, poet and publisher Robert Robertsz. Le Canu (1563-ca. 1630). The first part deals with the Jewish holidays and the principles for the determination of the movable feasts, which are shown on seven coloured folding engraved plates. Part two contains eleven hymns in Dutch.Robert Robertsz. Le Canu was a Mennonite schoolmaster and mathematician in Amsterdam and later Hoorn, who taught the principles of navigation to Cornelis Houtman, Jacob van Eck, Gerrit de Veer and others. In 1585 he had a vision concerning the biblical ordinances relating to Passover and other feasts, which he saw as a prophesy of the end of the world in the year 3000. He began proselytizing with a poem where he put himself in the role of a prophet, included in the second part of the present book along with ten other poems on the same subject, all in the spirit of the Mennonites. In 1593 he issued them with his theories on the chronology of the world in the present book.With two pages of 19th-century bibliographical before the final blank. Slightly browned but still in good condition. The head of the spine is chipped and the binding generally slightly rubbed, but otherwise also good. A fascinating view of a 16th-century Dutch Mennonite's interpretation of scripture and Jewish rites.
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