Bruxelles, G. Scheybel 1641.
Oblong 24mo (96 x 150 mm.). [xxxii], 222, p. and THREE FULL-PAGE PLATES AND THIRTEEN FULL-PAGE TEXT ETCHINGS BY JAN VAN DER BORCHT, THE AUTHOR’S BROTHER, an otherwise unknown artist.
19th-century half-calf and tan boards (front hinge repaired), gilt spine label, old blue edges.
Only Edition, the nineteen-year-old poet’s first book. The first suite explores unrequited love, the second reciprocated love, and the third the good life — drinking, eating, laughing, smoking (three poems praise tobacco). The illustrations include a suitor on his knees pleading with his hard-hearted mistress who literally shows him the door, negotiations with a prostitute, Death claiming Cupid even as he draws his bow…. A QUATRAIN ON THE MONA LISA begins the volume. No copies in U.S. libraries. In good condition (eight leaves trimmed askew, one headline shaved, one quire slightly stained), a couple of margins uncut; signature of bibliophile and champion of early Flemish literature C.-P. Serrure (Catalogue (1872) I: 841 “Rare…figures curieuses”).
¶Praz, Studies in 17th-Century Imagery 281; Funck, Le Livre belge à gravures 261 & 282 “très rare”; Scheurleer, Nederlandsche Liedboeken 162.