- A very good/ fine copy, with the following minor defects: one fold. plate (Visser 1a) strengthened on folds; a few leaves cut sl. short in top margin (affecting the running title or just touching the borderline); occas. sl. waterstained (in mostly lower) blank margin (touching the border of only a few plates); 19th cent. marbled endpapers.
= The most complete copy of this sumptuously illustrated work traced on the auction market in the past 30 years.
Contains i.a. the following series: P. GOOS and W. TYBAUT (after), The four ages; M. DE VOS (after), The four elements; J. BASSANO (after), The four seasons; J. DE GHEYN II (after K. VAN MANDER), The 12 patriarchs; H. GOLTZIUS (after), The seven Virtues; H. VAN CLEVE (?) (after), The Signs of the Zodiac; K. VAN MANDER a.o. (after), The prodigal son; H. GOLTZIUS (after), The Passion and Resurrection; H. VON AACHEN, The Roman Empire (Italy, Germany, France and Spain), and a large series of "Bijbelsche Tafereelen" after P. VAN DE BORCHT.
From the list of plates that Visser mentions in his Broeders in de geest vol. II, Bijlage IV, 2, the following numbers are not present: Visser 1c, 76, 155a, 182a, 263a and j, 310, 343/344, 354/355, 357bis, 358bis, 359bis, 363bis, 364bis, 365bis (but 357, 358, 359, 363, 364 and 365 are present) and 386-397 (but these are present in the bis version). This is the edition w. "Johanne" instead of "Johannis" on the engr. title (the second issue acc. to Visser). Our copy contains the following extra plates: "Iohannes spreeckt (...) den Engel sprack" (bound after Visser 75); "Dum sedet in mensa Rex ebrius, hic mala fata scribuntur muro (...)" (bound after Visser 103) and the engr. to "Van Joannis des Doopers jonckheydt, en beginselen in de Woestijne" (bound before Visser 398). See also: Visser vol. II, Bijlage I, 13.b1 1654; Van der Coelen p.164ff. Poortman, Bijbel & Prent, dl.II, p.34ff. SEE ILLUSTRATION PLATE LXXXIX.