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Jan Luyken's beautifully hand coloured picture bible, in an attractive binding by the French master-binder Louis Guétant
LUYKEN, Jan. Afbeeldingen der merkwaardigste geschiedenissen van het Oude en Nieuwe Testament. Amsterdam, H. Keyzer, H. Gartman and W. Vermandel, 1790. Large 2° (55 × 34.5 cm). With a small vignette depicting the baby Jesus in his manger surrounded by Mary, Joseph and others on the title-page, followed by a set of 62 double-page hand coloured engravings of biblical scenes by Jan Luyken. 19th ? or early 20th-century gold-tooled brown calf, each board with 4 ornamental corner pieces in a triple fillet frame. With an ornamental roll on the 6 raised bands, floral decorations in a frame of double fillets in the spine compartments, the title, year and names of the engraver and binder lettered in gold on the spine, marbled endpapers.
Beautifully hand-coloured picture bible, containing 62 detailed, double-page engravings depicting scenes from both the Old and the New Testament. This includes an engraved title-page (plate no. 1: ?Icones Biblicæ Veteris et N. Testamenti. Figures du Vieux et du Nouveau Testament?). 61 of the 62 plates were engraved and signed by the renowned Dutch engraver, illustrator and poet Jan Luyken (or Johannes Luiken, 1649?1712), while the plan of Jerusalem (plate no. 35) is signed by J.H. Coccejus. The plates are captioned in Dutch and French, and are prefaced by a letterpress title-page, a notice praising the publication of the present edition and an index of the plates, all in Dutch. It is very rare to find the complete set, beautifully hand coloured and in great condition presented as a picture bible. The present collection of double-page engravings was bound (or rebound) at the end of the 19th or beginning of the 20th century, by French master-binder Louis Guétant, whose name also appears in gold lettering near the foot of the spine. Guétant (1848?1936) was a renowned bookbinder from Lyon and was president of the ?Chambre Syndicale de Reliure de Lyon? (the trade union for bookbinders and similar and related occupations in Lyon). The binding shows very slight signs of wear around the edges of the spine and boards; internally very slightly soiled, only along the edges of the margins and never affecting the plates. This collection of beautifully hand-coloured, double-page biblical engravings is otherwise in very good condition. [1], [1 blank], [2] pp. and 62 double-page plates. Poortman, Bijbel en prent II, p. 131; Van Eeghen & Van der Kellen II 429 (pp. 658?669); cf. Delaveau & Hillard, Bibles imprimées 1339 (earlier ed.); WorldCat (1729 ed.); not in Klaversma & Hannema
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