Emblems Divine and Moral; Together with hieroglyphicks of the Life of Man.
London. Printed for D. Midwinter et al., 1736.
12mo. , 375pp, . With an engraved half-title and 93 engravings in the text. Bound by Charles Goodall of Leeds in early twentieth-century navy half-calf, buckram boards, tooled in gilt and blind. Rubbing to joints and edges, marking to boards, pen trials to recto and verso of engraved half-title, slight loss to lower corners of C2-3, browned throughout, occasional spots of dust-soiling.
First printed in 1635, the aptly named Emblems, by English renaissance poet Francis Quarles (1592-1644), consists of divine and moral poetry, illustrated throughout with allegorical baroque designs, promoting the uncontroversial characteristics typically identified with good Christian living. The work, which proved the most successful Quarles produced, was dedicated to Edward Benlowes, who had provided inspiration in presenting the poet with copies of two highly esteemed seventeenth-century Jesuit continental emblem books; Pia Desideria (1624) and Typus Mundi (1627). Quarles produced a second poetic-emblem book, the Hieroglyphikes of the Life of Man in 1638, and the two works were collected together in over 30 editions before 1800.
ESTC T94282.£ 250.00 Antiquates Ref: 15541