A Beautiful Copy in Contemporary Color, Highlighted in Gold

Snijders, Michael. Jean Galle and Michel Van Lochom (artists)

Amoris Divini et Humani Antipathia sive effectus varii, e varis Sacrae Scripturae locis deprompti Emblematis suis epressi SS PP. ...

Anvers: Michael Snyders, 1629

$18,000.00

Large duodecimo: engraved t.p., [8] lvs., 167 p., [3] lvs. With 83 added engravings.

THIRD EDITION, greatly expanded.

With an engraved title and 83 engraved emblems, all in contemporary color and highlighted in gold. Bound in strictly contemporary Dutch vellum, lightly soiled, ruled in blind and with a blind-stamped arabesque to each board. A truly lovely copy.

Brunet attributes the execution of the emblems to Jean Galle and Michel Van Lochom. Funck indicates that 39 of them come from the first edition (1626), while 44 are new and are the work of Charles de Mallery. The dedication to D. Gerard de Vilers is adorned with a full-page coat of arms.

In addition to the Latin and French text of the first edition, this edition includes translations in Dutch and Spanish.

"Many of the emblems represent the trials and temptations of 'Anima', torn between Cupid and 'Amor divinus', as in the image 'Negotiatio Amoris', in which she is depicted standing between these two, with Cupid on one side displaying his panier of toys and masks and 'Amor divinus' on the other, displaying his wares including a scourge and a crown of thorns.  Predictably, she rejects the attractions offered by human love in favor of divine love."(Saunders, The Seventeenth-century French Emblem: A Study in Diversity)

Brunet, I, 240; Praz. p. 255; Landwehr, no. 619; Funck, 267-268.