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Laudatory poems on the paper cutting art of Joanna Koerten

KOERTEN, Joanna (subject).
Het stamboek op de papiere snykunst van mejuffrouw Joanna Koerten, huisvrouw van den heere Adriaan Blok. Bestaande in Latynsche en Nederduitsche gedichten der voornaamste dichters.
Amsterdam, 1735. 8vo. With an engraved medallion portrait of Joanna Koerten surrounded by putti as frontispiece (dated 1734) and an engraved illustration on title-page, each designed and engraved by Jan Punt. Contemporary half calf, gold-tooled spine, later endpapers.
€ 1,750
Pirated edition of a collection of laudatory poems on the paper cutting art of Joanna Koerten (1650-1715). It is suggested she was involved in the publication of Konstig en vermaakelijk tyd-verdryf, der Hollandsche jufferen of onderricht der papiere sny-konst (1686), a very rare early Dutch guide to the art of paper cutting. After her death her husband Adriaan Blok put her art on displayed and created a "stamboek", where admirers could leave a poem or a drawing. This book would grow to 6 volumes. The laudatory poems where published here and include contributions by Maria Sibilla Merian, Balthasar Bekker, Adriaan Reland, Claas Bruin, Abraham Bogaert, and many others.
The present 8vo edition was supposedly pirated from the rare 4to edition published by Steven van Esveldt in 1736. That either happened while the printing was still in progress or after that publication and antedated.
Recased, with minor restorations to the spine, otherwise in very good condition.
NNBW X, cols. 478-482; Scheepers II, 854; cf. R.J.A te Rijdt, “Jan Goeree, het stamboek van Joanna Koerten en de datering ervan”, in: Delineavit et Sculpsit XVII (1997), pp. 48-56.
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