1627. Rotterdam: Bij Pieter van Waesberge, 1627.
4to, 7 parts in one -- 5 parts as called for in Landwehr plus two additional titles bound in at rear, as follows: (8), 1-35, (1, blank), -315, ; -91, ; 1-46, ; [1-2], 3-28; [1-2], 3-48, , [2, engraved frontis], 49-55, (1); (36), -119, (1); (16), -49, (29) pp. 109 engravings through the 7 parts, as follows: the wonderful engraved title page and 52 emblems in Sinne ende Minne Belden; 43 circular copperplate engraved emblems in Emblemata Moralia; full-page engraving of Phyllis in the Argumentum; a portrait and 4 engravings in Galathee. Full 17th-century vellum expectably soiled, yapped fore edges, some wear at top of front cover. Manuscript title on backstrip. Parts bound out of order according to Landwehr but complete. A few notable but hardly bothersome defects: A2 with short marginal tear; I3r-I4v small hole; M1 small hole; P1 hole; 2a1-2a4 minor worming; ii marginal tear; Nn4 burn hole in image; marginal dampstaining through a handful of gatherings; a lone stamp from the Los Angeles University of International Relations seen at the top of the final leaf of text. Occasional offsetting; some leaves darkened. Very good.
§ The only edition of Proteus published in 4to format and containing Cats’ love-emblems with the addition of their English translation done by Josuah Sylvester. Also included is a separate portfolio of 80 additional emblems and allegorical symbols most likely extracted from the 1618 Middelburg first edition of Jacob Cats’ Silenus Alcibiadis sive Proteus Vitae Humanae ideam, Emblemate. These are perfect for display or study apart from the text and are in very good condition. Item #104896