Antverpia. - Antverpiensium origins. Antwerp, Ex officina Plantiniana, Jean Moretus, 1610. 2 books in one volume in-4, fawn calf, gilt fillet, central gilt lozenge iron, spine gilt, gilt edges (contemporary binding). Interesting works dedicated to the city of Antwerp, the last ones published by the house of Jean I Moretus.
Antverpia is in two parts: one is dedicated to history, architecture, etc., written in Latin, the other is an appendix consisting of a prose dedication and 6 laudatory poems in verse about Antwerp in Greek and Hebrew, signed "L.S". and "G.S".
The illustration includes 2 plans, a map and 4 plates taken from the Descrittione di tutti i Paesi-Bassi by Guicciardini (Plantin, 1581), attributed to Petrus der Borcht, engraved by Hogenberg, and retouched by Theodore Galle for Scribani's work.
In Origins Antverpiensium, the author deals with various social, cultural and artistic aspects, the educational system, food and clothing customs, and the commercial functioning within the city.
From the library of the Castle of the Elms, with ex-libris.
Bound with heavy rubbing, spine partly missing, gilding on the edges faded. Manuscript bookplate cut out at the top of the title, uniform freckles, some angular wet spots, small marginal worm gallery in the second book.
Sommervogel, VII, 984.
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