Item #11440 De Rervm Vsv Et Abvsv. Bernard Gerbrands Furmerius.
De Rervm Vsv Et Abvsv.
De Rervm Vsv Et Abvsv.
De Rervm Vsv Et Abvsv.
A WORK OF FANTASTIC IMAGINATION

De Rervm Vsv Et Abvsv.

Antwerp, C. Plantin 1575.

4to (211 x 154 mm.). [iv], [50]p. TWENTY-FIVE LARGE TEXT ENGRAVINGS (109 x 105 mm.) from the Wierix atelier, mannerist engraving with motto below the printed title.

Blind-ruled crushed red morocco (Capé, hinges rubbed), gilt-lettered spine title.

A highly artistic Flemish illustrated book with powerfully conceived emblems, brilliantly executed in the shop of the talented Wierix brothers. Its strong, almost ferocious, images incorporate nubile girls, peg-legged hurdy-gurdy players, choking opulence, abject poverty, grotesque feasting, wretched beggary, intellectual creativity, enormous cruelty… Plantin created this striking book in partnership with artist and engraver Philip Galle. Vernacular versions and reworkings remained popular for half a century. Slightly browned, first eight leaves with pale stains.
¶Landwehr, Emblem…Books Printed in the Low Countries 241; Praz, Studies in 17th-Century Imagery 344; Voet, The Plantin Press 1228 & reprod. no. 52; Funck, Le Livre belge à gravures 314 “Assez rare”; see Katalog der…Lipperheide’schen Kostümbibliothek Ci2 (later reprint).

Item #11440

Price: $8,500.00