Lot 1002: Otto Van Veen Q HORATI FLACCI EMBLEMATA 1607 First Edition Antique Classical Emblem Book Engraved Plates Vignettes Horace Leather Binding Latin French Dutch
October 22, 2016
Freeville, NY, USALive Auction
Title: Q. Horati Flacci emblemata. Imaginibus in as incisis, Notis'que illustrata, Studio Othonis Vaeni Batauolugdunensis.
Author: Otto van Veen - Otto van Veen, also known by his Latinized name Otto Venius or Octavius Vaenius, (c.1556 – 6 May 1629) was a painter, draughtsman, and humanist active primarily in Antwerp and Brussels in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth century. He is known for running a large studio in Antwerp, producing several emblem books, and for being, from 1594 or 1595 until 1598, Peter Paul Rubens's teacher. His role as a classically educated humanist artist (a pictor doctus), reflected in the Latin name by which he is often known, Octavius Vaenius, was influential on the young Rubens, who would take on that role himself. [Courtesy Wikipedia]
Publisher: Ex Officina Hieronymi Verdussen
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 253 pages
Width: 8.25" Height: 10"
Book Details: The text is compiled from Horace and other classical sources; the emblems after van Veen combine Netherlandish traditions with Southern German and Italian mannerist currents. Van Veen settled in Antwerp in 1585, with Peter Paul Rubens as his pupil from 1596 to 1600.
Landwehr Dutch 240, Low Countries 678, 817; cf. Praz p. 523 for the Dutch/French edition. Foljambe Collection of Books--4/30/2008
Condition / Notes: This is the scarce first edition of this work. The antique volume is bound in contemporary leather. The covers are lightly to moderately bowed and soiled. There is stamped gilt lettering on the spine. There is minor worming to the gutters, affecting the preliminary and terminal leaves. The binding is solid.
The pages show mild age toning and scattered light marginal spotting/foxing. B1 (page 9/10) is lacking, and the Z2 and Z3 rectos are blank (pages 177 and 179), without engraved illustrations. The work is profusely illustrated with atitle page vignette of Horace and 100 (of 103) full-page engraved plates by C. Boel, C. Galle, and P. de Jode after Van Veen. There are verses in Latin, French, and Dutch on the verso of each preceding plate.
Provenance: A. de Lavergne (morocco book label).
This volume has been collated. 100 plates confirmed. There is a gap in pagination between pg 8 and pg 11. Page 177 (Z) is intact and printed, pg. 179 (Z2) is blank, pg. 181 (Z3) is intact and printed, and pg. 183 (No “Z” designation) is blank.
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