Marcus GHEERAERTS - Joost VAN DEN VONDELVoorstelijcke Warande der Dieren: waer in de Zeden-rijcke Philosophie, Poëtisch, Morael, en Historiael, vermakelijck en treffelijck wort voorgestelt. Met exempelen uyt de oude Historien, in prose; ende Uytleggingen, in Rijm verklaert, door J. v. V. [Joost van den Vondel]. Verciert met honderd vijf-en-twintigh aerdige Afbeeldingen, in Koper gesneden, door Marcus Gerards.
Amsterdam, by Sander Wybrantsz, Jan Blom & Andries Vinck, 1682.
4to, contemporary vellum. Title with engraved vignette, (12)pp., 125pp., (2)pp. Dutch text. 125 half-page copper-engraved illustrations by and after Marcus Gheeraerts the Elder. Complete.
Second Edition, first published in 1617.
The poet and dramatist van den Vondel (1587-1679) was born in Cologne to Mennonite parents who had fled Antwerp, and would eventually settle in Amsterdam, where the young writer taught himself French and Latin. Van den Vondel frequently used religious texts as a basis for his literary works, which often reflect contemporary events. As he grew older, van den Vondel’s religious liberalism led him first to a Remonstrant position and finally, at the age of 54, to Roman Catholicism.
One of the most important and influential Dutch writers of De Gouden Eeuw, who “was by far the greatest dramatist of Holland and was highly appreciated by his contemporaries and posterity for his mastery of the language” (J.H.W. Unger, Catalogue of Writings by Joost van den Vondel (Amsterdam,1907, p. ), van den Vondel’s fame has lasted to the present, and his works remained in print long after his death (Quaritch).
Beautiful illustrations by the famous Flemish painter and printmaker Marcus Gheeraerts the Elder (1516/21 – c.1590).