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Antwerp: Inde Plantijnsche Druckerije van Balthasar Moerentorf (Balthasar Moretus), 1634.
Antwerp: Inde Plantijnsche Druckerije van Balthasar Moerentorf (Balthasar Moretus), 1634.

RARE EDITION with engravings coloured by hand. 16mo. (103 x 54mm). 19th-century full red roan with horizontal gilt (flat) bands on spine, similar gilt design on boards, decorated gilt edges, marbled endpapers, all paper edges in gilt. Title with square woodcut Jesuit motif, 20 woodcuts in text (incl. one repeated), woodcut initials and end-pieces, all woodcuts, end-pieces and vignette in lovely contemporary hand colour and heightened in gold. 382, (10), 12 pp. Extremely rare late edition of the Dutch translation of Petrus Canisius' famous manual teaching Catholics to pray devoutly, in 16 exercises, illustrated with charming engravings which are close copies (for the greater part in reverse) of the illustrations by Peeter van der Borcht (ca.1535-1608), who often worked for Plantin, for the first Plantin edition of 1588 of Canisius' manual, 'The Manuale Catholicorum. In usum pie precandi collectum'. The original edition was published at Freiburg in 1587. The first Dutch translation was published by Joh. Moretus in Antwerp in 1604. A French translation by Gabriel Chapuijs appeared with Moretus in 1597. All these editions were re-published several times - they all contained 18-20 engraved plates, copied (often in reverse) after the original plates by Peeter van der Borcht (see below). Petrus Canisius (Nijmegen 1521-1597) was an important Jesuit who fought against the spread of Protestantism in Germany, Austria, Bohemia, and Switzerland. Through his work in the order he became one of the most influential Catholics of his time, named the 'Restorator of Catholicism in Germany after the Reformation'. He supervised the founding and maintenance of the early German Jesuit Colleges, often with little resources at hand. Because of his frequent travels between the colleges, a tedious and dangerous occupation at the time, he became also known as the 'Second Apostle of Germany'. In 1536 Canisius was sent to Cologne, where he studied arts, civil law, and theology at the university. There he also met Peter Faber, one of the founders of the Society of Jesus. Later Canisius went to Louvain, where he spent a part of 1539, and in 1540 received the degree of Master of Arts at Cologne. In 1543, Canisius became the first Dutchman to join the Jesuit order. Contents: After the title with coloured 'IHS' vignette (H-957, copy), (verso blank), the dedication to "Jouffrou Josina de Meyere, weduwe van de heer Francois van den cruyce sleigher". Coloured plates in order: 1. Title page. [Initial letter 'E' p.3] [Endpiece bowl of Fruit beneath text on p.7] 2. De eerste Oeffeninghe des morghens. 3. Tot Christum Jesum den Verlosser. 4. De tweede Oeffeninghe des avonds eermen flapen gaet. [Endpiece vase of flowers beneath text on p.40] 5. De derde Oeffeninghe. Om de eeuwige wijsheid Godts te eeren: door Ghetijden ghedeylt. 6. De vierde Oeffeninghe. Om oprechte Christelijcke deughden te vercrijghen zeer profijtelijk. 7. De vijfde Oeffeninghe, Om 't alderheylighste Lijden Jesu Christi te eeren ende te ouerdencken. 8. Ghetijden van't H. Cruyce. 9. De seste Oeffeninge, Om den dienst der heyligher Missen te hooren. 10. De seuenste Oeffeninge. Om berouw te verkrijghen, en de om Catholijckelijck te biechten. 11. De achtste Oeffeninghe. Beweghelijck om dat hooghweerdigh heyligh Sacrament te ontfanghen. 12. De neghenste Oeffeninghe. Sonderlinghe nur om de Heylighe daghen Godtvruchtelijck te vieren. 13. De thienste Oeffeninghe. Om de principaelste Feestdagen der H. Kercke het geheele iaer door heyligh te maken. [Endpiece vase with flowers beneath text on p.266] 14. De elfste Oeffeninghe. Om de alderheylighste Maghetende Moeder te groeten, ende andere Ordenen der Heyligen 'telcken tijde vanden iaere Catholijckelijck aen te roepe. [Endpiece horns of plenty with angel's head and halo beneath text p.286] 15. De twelffte Oeffeninghe. Om te bidden voor duiersche Ordenen, Staten, ende conditien van menschen. 16. De derthienste Oeffeninghe. Wt de XV graduael Psalmen (alsoo mense noemt) ghemaeckt. 17. De vierthienste Oeffeninghe begrijpende de seuen Psalmen der Penitentien. [Small decoration endpiece beneath text p.355] 18. De vijfthienste Oeffeninge. Die gheleghen is in dry Litanien te lesen. [Endpiece horns of plenty with an angel's head and halo beneath text p.364] 19. Litanie van de H. Maghet ende moeder Godts. 20. Een oude Litanie... 21. [Image not captioned] Angels from heaven reaching out to tortured souls in the inferno of Hades. [Endpiece of a golden royal crown within a wreath with winged angel heads at corners]