The book is all here with the exception of a few removed engravings and the front cover that has separated. The spine and binding is still in solid shape with original gilt lettering bright and shinning from a early restoration or rebind.
This book holds very historical weight as it is one of the earliest Christian teaching books besides obviously the Bible. This book is written in three different languages; 1.
German and they all rhyme when read. What really makes this book stand out is its over 100 original renaissance engravings that are just stunning as they depict biblical teachings containing Jesus, demons, satan, angels, skeletons, etc...The engravings are from the Renaissance period and it's quite obvious as the symbolism is exactly seen in renaissance painters like. Hieronymus Bosh and Pieter Bruegel the Elder. Their are many skeletons torturing humans while their being driven in a sleigh into beasts mouth entering the gates of hell and many other very disturbing and scary images. This book was used to teach biblical doctrine using the 100+ engravings in three different languages.
The brutal images were used so the common man who was being taught would take to heart what he had been exposed too. This book is not for the faint hearted and when I say that these original renaissance engravings are stunning beyond words I mean it 100 percent! To be able to own such an important book in the history of print making and one that has over 100 original pieces of renaissance art work (which is my favorite period of art) is a once in a lifetime opportunity. This books condition can be seen very well from the photos but like I mentioned before their are a few images missing which are in ascending order 10, 27, 79, 88, 90, 94, and 96. I took a photo of one of the replaced pages with a replaced image in the 10th image given.
To see the replaced engravings you can go to. This book does have the most RARE engraving that is ALWAYS removed from the book and its the last image inserted in the photos where Christ is in the center carrying his cross.
With Him as the centerpiece; their are 12 of the most renowned Renaissance artists all painting different scenes from His life. And its a miracle this copy never had it removed. This book does have its condition issues with foxing and toning but for its age the paper is in good condition.The front cover has fallen off but is in one piece and didn't tear the spine/binding. The calf leather cover has wear to it where it has become not so soft but almost into a crumbly state. Their is so much to write about this book and I have done my best to this point.
If you have any questions please let me know and I will do my best to answer it accurately and timely. I appreciate the time you took to read this and wish you the best in purchasing this incredible book. BOOK DESCRIPTION & MORE HISTORY! Veridicus Christianus was the first Jesuit emblem-book. It was published in 1601 by Jan Moretus at the famous Plantin workshop in Antwerp.
It had evolved from a catechism consisting of a hundred questions and answers written by Father Jan David, rector of the Jesuit Colleges at Courtrai and Ghent. An unillustrated version of the text, in Dutch, had previously been printed in Brussels, in 1597, (= but due to financial reasons, the latin version was published earlier, the dutch version followed in 1603, from which the plates come in the link of the Pitts Theology Library copied below). David had the idea of accompanying these with a hundred engravings, a commission assigned to the studio of Phillips Galle , and probably executed by PhilipsÃ¢ÂeÂ(tm) son Theodoor. One peculiar feature of the Veridicus was the inclusion of a Ã¢ÂeÂ lottery plate Ã¢ÂeÂ(tm) near the end of the book Ã¢ÂeÂwith a volvelle with four openings, which always revealed a number to one of the hundred proverbs or wise sayings from classical authors printed on the following pages, Ã¢ÂeÂ(tm) each of which Ã¢ÂeÂin its turn referred to one of the hundred emblems of the book. Ã¢ÂeÂ(tm) This gimmick merely formalised a common practice wby emblem-books would be opened at random, with the selected emblem being interpreted for its relevance for the reader (source).
For further reading please see the following link. By clicking the following link, you will find a complete digitalised copy of the Pitts Theology Library of all 100 prints, nevertheless from a later copy, but the engravings are identical to the plates in my copy of the ultra scarce first edition. All 100 plates come with a elaborate description of the scenes depicted. The link calls for 108 prints, which is true : 100 full-page engravings, plus 2 frontispices, the volvette and some tail pieces, together 108 prints as depicted.All prints present in my copy, complete as issued. Only one very incomplete copy offered worldwide, with only 83 of the 100 plates (erroneously the antiquarian notes a total number of 98). A copy of the dutch 2nd edition from 1603 offered by the renowned antiquarian Forum for 7000 US Dollar. First edition of an exemplary Jesuit educational emblem book, which found its origin in a Roman Catholic catechism. He was rector of the Jesuit Colleges at Coutrai and Ghent, and he became the most zealous spokesman against the tics.
While it is describing a different copy of the same book you can pull out some specific descriptions about the type of binding etc, and get some useful knowledge. Engraved title and 102 engraved plates, numbered 1-100 and 2 printed on pp. 351 and 375, 4 leaves of printed music at end, woodcut device. Some light browning, one fore-margin renewed, marginal repairs in one other plate, small wormholes at end, dampstain at extreme fore-margin of first two quires.Red morocco gilt by F. Bedford (lower edges lightly stained). FIRST EDITION, and with the plate after p. Brunet II, 535 (calling for 103 plates); Funck p. Engraved title by Bernardo Passaro and 55 engravings in the text, of which one is a repeat, one is signed by Pieter van der Borcht and Joannes Wiericx, and 5 PLATES PERTAIN TO THE BATTLE OF LEPANTO. Title trimmed and mounted with loss of text on verso, repaired tear in A2, one plate with internal tear, slight surface wear to one plate. 316; Labore et Constantia 233. Biblische Figuren des [Alten- und] Neüwen Testaments. Frankfurt: David Zephelius, Johann Raschen and Sigismund Feyerabend, 1562. Oblong 4° (154 x 171mm). Woodcut emblematic Biblical scenes by Virgil Solis on 108 leaves, title and colophon leaf to part II only.
Lacks first 2 leaves, all leaves on guards, numerous fore-margins strengthened, stain in cut in 5 leaves, stain at upper margin of first few quires. 19th-century calf, single gilt fillet and blind-rolled border, gilt spine. We specialize in fine art from the Renaissance to Modern and even offer easy appraisal services. With thousands of happy customers over the last five years we guarantee your satisfaction with superior customer service and overall experience (check out our feedback). All works of art and valuable items are professionally packed to ensure safe arrival to you, thank you for your interest!The item "Antique Veridicus Christianus 1601 1st Edition by Jan David 102+ Engravings RARE" is in sale since Sunday, August 13, 2017. This item is in the category "Books\Antiquarian & Collectible". The seller is "henningfineart" and is located in Orlando, Florida. This item can be shipped to United States, Russian federation, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, South africa, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, Norway, Saudi arabia, Ukraine, United arab emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Brazil, Panama, Jamaica, Barbados, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Brunei darussalam, Bolivia, Ecuador, Egypt, French guiana, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Cayman islands, Liechtenstein, Sri lanka, Luxembourg, Monaco, Macao, Martinique, Maldives, Nicaragua, Oman, Peru, Pakistan, Paraguay, Reunion.