Hugo, Herman, 1588-1629.; van Bolswert, Boëce, approximately 1580-1633, publisher.

Collection: Early Northern European Books

Publisher: Antuerpiae : Vulgauit Boëtius a Bolswert : Typis Henrici Aertssenii

  • The online edition of this book in the public domain, i.e., not protected by copyright, has been produced by the Emory University Libraries. Contents: Liber primus. Gemitus animae poenitentis -- Liber secundus. Desideria animae sanctae -- Liber tertius. Suspiria animae amantis. City and date follow "Typis Henrici Aertssenii" on title page. "Cum gratia et priuilegio." Signatures: *-2*⁸ A-2C⁸. Engraved illustrated title page. Half-title: Pia desideria emblematis illustrata; each of the three books also has a separate half-title. Colophon: "Antuerpiae apud Henricum Aertsium M. DC. XXIV." Initial; tailpieces; printed marginal notes. Pitts Theology Library copy bound in contemporary vellum. "Editio princeps of perhaps the most influential religious emblem books" (Landwehr). Herman Hugo (1588-1629), born in Brussels, joined the Jesuit order in 1605, became Spinola's father confessor and accompanied the general in all his campaigns. He died of the plague at Reinberg. The engravings in this beautifully illustrated emblem book are attributed to Boetius à Bolswert (Boëce van Bolswert: ca. 1580-1633), who also is noted as the publisher (one illustration is signed "W. Simpson sculp."). The work went through numerous editions with engravings and woodcuts by various artists. The illustrations were also copied for use in other emblem works. The engravings, which include a biblical citation below the illustration, appear in fine dark impressions. A very nice copy of a very important work in its field. Backer-Sommervogel, IV, column 513, no. 6. Corpus librorum emblematum. Jesuit series, J.628. Emblem books at the Univ. of Illinois, H55. Landwehr, J. Emblem books in the Low Countries, 238. Praz, M. Studies in 17th cent. imagery (2nd ed.), p. 376-377.