Princeton University Library Catalog

Dutch Emblem Book. 1754-1756

Gregori, Johann. fl. 1750s [Browse]
Groningen, 1754-56.
1 v. 19.2 x 6.1 cm
Summary note:
Emblem book containing 770 numbered pages of Dutch text and some 350 pen-and-ink drawings. The manuscript uses a layout and script that imitates a printed book. Emblems sometimes contain inscriptions in Latin, Greek, and Hebrew. The manuscript was compiled and illustrated by Johann Gregori, who may have been responsible for the translations into Dutch. Johann Gregori addresses readers in the front matter, with a reference to the Jesuit Herman Hugo (1588-1629). Gregori identifies himself on p. 513 as living in the Dutch city of Groningen. Organized into 21 sections, each with its own title page and year, 1754-56; table of contents at the end (after p. 770). The first section ("Goddelyke en heylige Wenschen, getrocke uyt de Heilyge H. Oudt Vaeders ende H. Schriftuir...") follows the order of the 48 emblems and related scriptural passages from the Old and New Testaments, as presented in Justus de Harduwijn (1582-1636), Goddelycke wenschen (1629), a Dutch translation and adaptation of Herman Hugo, S.J., Pia desideria (1624). Gregori's text is different. Other sections relate to Christian religious themes, such as the deadly sins and wounds of Christ, as well as the almanac, days of the week, four elements, signs of the Zodiac, and other subjects. Some sections were adapted from published books. For example, Het Geestelycke Kaert-Spel van hartes troeff ... (pp. 527-80) is related to a similarly titled religious work (Antwerp, 1746) by Joseph van de Heilige Barbara.
Binding note:
Contemporary binding of brown calf over binder's board, covers ruled in blind; spine title gilt, including "GREGORI"; marbled end papers; paper.
Bookplate of the British bookcollector John Eliot Hodgkin (1829-1912), of Richmond, Surrey, though not listed in The Manuscripts of J. Eliot Hodgkin, Esq., F.S.A., of Richmond, Surrey, Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts, report 15, appendix P. II (London: Eyre and Spottiswoode, 1897). Later in the library of Pierre Bergé (b. 1930). Purchsed by the Princeton University Library at Pierre Bergé et Associés, Paris, Bibliothèque d'un amateur (16 December 2016), p. 54, no. 44.
Source acquisition:
Purchase, 2016. AM 2017-121
  • Emblem books Netherlands 18th century
  • Manuscripts Netherlands 18th century
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