Afbeeldingen der merkwaardigste geschiedenissen van het Oude en Nieuwe Testament, in het koper gebragt door den vermaarden en kunstryken Jan Luiken.
Item ID 72235
Amsterdam, H. Keyzer, H. Gartman en W. Vermandel, 1790. Tall folio (54.7 x 34.7 cm). Title in red and black, with engraved vignette; [ii] pp.; 62 double-paged, slightly oblong engravings. Later, contemporary style full calf. Spine with six raised, gilt-ornamented bands; compartments rich gilt with floral patterns and gilt title. Boards with triple gilt borders and floral corner pieces. Marbled endpapers. Top edge speckled red. A fine, complete collection of large (each ca. 33 x 44 cm) engravings by the Dutch artist Jan Luyken, or Luiken (1649-1712). A major street in Amsterdam is named after him. "He was born and died in Amsterdam, where he learned engraving from his father Kaspar Luyken... He married at 19 and had several children, of whom Kasparus Luiken also became a renowned engraver... In his twenty-sixth year, he had a religious experience that inspired him to write moralistic poetry." (Digital Library of Dutch Literature). Most plates first issued by the Amsterdam publishers and booksellers Covens and Mortier as Icones biblicae Veteris et Novi Testamenti (1708), and signed "Johannes Luyken". A second edition appeared in 1729, a third in 1748. This seems to be the fourth. All are very rare, because for a long time the individual plates sold better than the bound book. Plates 23 and 30 consist of four separate scenes; plate 35 is a map of Jerusalem. Very wide margins. Light shelf wear; some small, inoffensive, marginal stains and spots, but generally quite clean and in all a very good copy in a beautiful binding. Benezit 5, p. 669; Brunet, 3, pp. 1245-1246. An excellent, complete suite of Jan Luiken's finest biblical engravings