SPL Hand Coloured Rare Book Collection Featuring Norman R Bobins

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MERKEN, Lucretia Wilhelmina

Amsterdam, 1768 Pieter Meijer
Poortman, W.C. (1986). Bijbel en Prent. Deel II: Boekzaal van de Nederlandse Prentbijbels, p. 137-145 / Storm van Leeuwen, J. (1977). Enige ontwikkelingen in de stijl van platbestempeling bij Nederlandse boekbanden uit de achttiende eeuw. In Documentatieblad werkgroep Achttiende eeuw. Jaargang 1977, p. 16-19 / Storm van Leeuwen, J. (2006). Dutch Decorated Bookbinding in the Eighteenth Century Volume I, p. 460-496
Amsterdam, 1768 Pieter Meijer

A fine hand-coloured copy bound by the Van Damme Bindery. (frontispiece, 4) 395 (1) p. Contemporary Leather with 5 raised bands, richly decorated with gilt and with a gilt-edged text block, bound by the Van Damme Bindery in Amsterdam, 4° (The spine-ends are slightly split at some places, water-stains on the verso of a few engravings.) Epic poem about the life of David by the poet and playwright Lucretia Wilhelmina van Merken (1721- 1789). Illustrated with a frontispiece, title vignette and 12 full-page engravings, all contemporary hand- coloured and heightened with gold in a very attractive way. The work is bound by the Van Damme Bindery in a fine, gold-stamped binding. The Van Damme Bindery was active in the year 1750-1786 in the city Amsterdam. The bindery is so called because they worked for the well-known bookseller Pieter van Damme and their bindings belong to the best that were made in Amsterdam during the eighteenth century. The gilding used on the bindings is very diverse, in the middle of the covers a black central shield with the image of an angel beneath a starry sky, holding an olive branch, a symbol of divine peace. Surrounded by a black border which is framed by decorative gilding, altogether framed by broad ornamental border which is almost touching the gilt board-edges. Both on the inside and outside an attractive copy. Coloured plates in order: 1. Frontispiece. 2. Title page. 3. Eeeste Boek. 4. Tweede Boek. 5. Derde Boek. 6. Vierde Boek. 7. Vyfde Boek. 8. Zesde Boek. 9. Zevende Boek. 10. Agitate Boek. 11. Negende Boek. 12. Tiende Boek. 13. Elfde Boek. 14. Twaalfde Boek.