BESPIEGELINGEN van Godt en Gotsdienst...Den Tweeden Drück...[bound with four other works]
Rotterdam: Barent Bos, 1700. Small quarto, leaf height 20 cm, bound in contemporary calf, spine with five raised bands, gilt lettering and decoration, spine titled "Vondel's Bespiegelin". Small chips at foot of spine; front joint rubbed, with a one inch crack at top; inner hinges cracked but covers still firmly attached; foxing to endpapers; yellowing and light foxing to the first work; otherwise a fine copy internally. Five works bound together: (1) BESPIEGELINGEN van Godt en Gotsdienst...Den Tweeden Drück. pp (xxiv), 219. Second edition (first was in 1662). Frontispiece illustration, title page vignette, portrait of the author. (2) JOANNES DE BOETGEZANT. Begrepen in Zes Boecken. Uitgegeven door Abraham Bogaert. Amsterdam: By de Weduwe van Gysbert de Groot, 1696. pp (124) . Title page vignette. (first edition was in 1662). (3) ALTAER-GEHEIMENISSEN. Ontvouwen in drie Boecken door J.V.V. Keulen: In de Nieuwe Druckerye, 1645. (ii, frontispiece illustration), 168 pp. Title page vignette and nice tail piece. First edition (The British Library notes "The imprint is false; probably printed by Dominicus van der Stichel and published by Abraham de Wees, Amsterdam." ). (4) DE HEERLYCKHEIT DER KERCKE. Haer Ingang, Opgang, en Voortgang, Begrepen in Dry Boecken. Kolen: Ter Oude Druckerye, 1663. First edition. (103) pp. (The British Library notes; "The imprint is false; probably published by the widow of Abraham de Wees, Amsterdam." ) (5) BRIEVEN DER HEILIGE MAEGHDEN MARTELARESSEN. Vicit Iter Durum Pietas. Amsterdam: Jacobus van der Deister, 1687. pp (viii), 76. (first ed. was in 1642). >>> A collection of didactic verse, stories, etc., by this Mennonite who became a Roman Catholic about 1640, which religion then became the chief inspiration of his life and his poetry. "[Coornert] was the mentor of Hooft, next to Cats the edlest of the phalanx of poets of Holland's great age (1600-70). The others are Bredero, Revius, Huygens and greates of all, Vondel...The age produced a wealth of songs, whether religious, amorous, or coarsely comical, notable for verve and spontaneity (Bredero) or playful grace (Hooft, Vondel) or passionate sincerity (Bredero, Luyken). It found its eulogist, conscience and unsparing critic in Vondel, whose occasional poems constitute an eloquent multifarious commentary on Dutch and European histroy from 1612 to 1672...Vondel's choruses and some of his odes and laments achieve the sublime..." - Cassell's Encyclopaedia of Literature, ed. by S.H. Steinberg, 1953, p. 170. "The greatest of Dutch poets and one of the greatest religious poets of the Counter Reformation." - Hastings, Encyclopedia of Religion and Ethics. "He is the greatest poet the Netherlands have produced, one who is distinguished in every form and who occupies a place among the best poets of all time" (New Catholic Encyclopedia).
Condition: Binding: Hardcover