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- Series: Livre des plus belles devises enrichies des fleurons et d'autres ornements
Title-page and plate 1, with title in decorative frame consisting of trophies of arms, emblematic shields, and a soldier standing on either side; before the addition of the Dutch text. 1697
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Height: 136 millimetres
Width: 185 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- From a set of plates representing emblems etched and published by A. de Winter. The series actually consists of two volumes of twelve plates each, with plates from the first volume numbered 1 to 12, and plates from the second one numbered 13 to 24.
This is from a first state edition. The second state, published by Cornelis Danckerts II, features Dutch inscriptions running along the top of the plates, including, on plate 1, a title ('Verscheijde Nieuwe en Seer Aardige Geinventeertde Compartemente en Sinrijcke Emblemataas of Sinnebeelde seer Dien stigh voor Silversmeede Wapen snijders en Alle Andere Liefhebbers van Konst en Weetenschap'). This states that the emblems were to be used as designs for silversmiths, weapon makers and all other amateurs of art and science.
The iconography echoes earlier emblem books, notably Diego Saavedra Fajardo's 'Idea de un príncipe político cristiano representada en cien empresas', first published in Munich by N. Enrico in 1640, with engravings executed by Jan II Sadeler (Hollstein 13-122); many of Winter's etchings derive from Sadeler's designs. Revised editions of 'Idea de un príncipe político cristiano' were published in Milan (1642), Venice (1648), Brussels (1649) etc.
Similar compositions are also found in 'Devises et emblèmes anciennes et modernes tirées des plus célèbres auteurs' by Daniel de La Feuille, Amsterdam, 1691.
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