François van Bleyswijck (1671-1746)

[Antique title pages, ca. 1700] HERDERSZANGEN, KLINKDICHTEN, LOFDICHTEN, BRUILOFTDICHTEN, LYK- EN GRAFDICHTEN, published ca. 1700, 5 pp.

Five frontispieces of the different chapters in a collection of poems by Jacob Zeeus (1686-1718), illustrated by Leiden artist François van Bleyswijck. These plates were employed in other editions, also as single plate out of the set.

HERDERS-ZANGEN: Vignette with allegory of pastoral life. A shepherd entertains a shepherdess with his flute playing while they sit among the sheep and goats. A beehive symbolizes eloquence or poetry and musical instruments such as pan flute and lyre complete the pastoral idyll.

KLINK-DICHTEN: A lyre with a female figure with a triangle on the left and a singing man with a tambourine on the right. On top of the lyre is a sistrum with a cat sitting atop.

LOF-DICHTEN: Ornament crowned with two personifications of Fame playing their trumpets. On top of the ornament are books. The whole is crowned with a laurel wreath.

BRUILOFT-DICHTEN: Vignette with frame in which bride and groom are included. Both are holding a wreath of flowers. As symbols of love and marital fidelity, two clasping hands are depicted with a burning heart atop. Next to the bride is a peacock, whereas the groom holds a torch.

LYK-EN GRAFDICHTEN: Vignette with frame in which a tomb with a reclining figure and a mourning man and woman are included. A skull, an extinguished torch and gabled hourglasses refer to transience.

Signed: ‘F. Bleiswyck inv. & Fecit.’

Etchings on paper, with margins; total: ca. 202 x 160 mm; some staining on the top margin, otherwise in very good condition.

Incl. BTW  242,00

Excl. BTW  200,00

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