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Heralds of a new age: three first editions
Including the first Renaissance narrative poetical works in Dutch
With 17 Coornhert illustrations

NOOT, Jan van der.
Cort begryp der XII. boeken Olympiados. ... Abregé des douze livres Olympiades.
Antwerp, Gillis van den Rade, 1579. With 1 engraved plate (portrait of the author), 17 full-page engravings (ca. 16 x 11.5 cm.) by Dirk Volkertsz. Coornhert after designs of the monogrammist CVSK and a full-page woodcut of an obelisk at the end, signed with the monogram "HE".
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(2) NOOT, Jan van der. Lofsang van Braband. ... Hymne de Braband.
Antwerp, Gillis van den Rade, 1580. With 4 full-page woodcuts (portrait of the author, allegorical illustration, arms of Brabant and the other 16 provinces, and an obelisk).
(3) NOOT, Jan van der. Verscheyden poeticsche werken. ... Divers oeuvres poetiques.
Antwerp, Gillis van den Rade, 1581. With full-page woodcut portrait of the author, and a full-page woodcut obelisk at the end. 3 works in 1 volume. Folio. All 3 works with text in Dutch and French. Early 18th-century gold-tooled mottled calf.
€ 45,000
Ad 1: Rare first edition in the original Dutch (a German translation appeared in the same year at Cologne) of one of the most important poetical works by the Dutch Renaissance poet Jan (Baptist) van der Noot (ca.1539-ca.1595) illustrated by the famous engraver and theologian, Dirck Volkertsz. Coornhert (1522-1590).
The 17 finely engraved illustrations show episodes from the 12 books of the poem. Two bear the signature of the engraver Dirck Volkertsz. Coornhert, the latter, depicting Van der Noot's conversation with Theude, dated 1571. This shows that Van der Noot was already working on his Olympia epics by that time and that Coornhert, Hendrick Goltzius's master, engraved the plates while living in exile in the German Rhineland. The work was probably largely finished at that time. The woodcut with the allegorical obelisk with "hieroglyphs" (pictorial images in a wholly Western style) is one of the earliest examples of mystical interest in ancient Egypt.
Ad 2: First and only edition of a poem glorifying the Duchy of Braband.
Ad 3: First edition of a collection of laudatory poems in honour of Van der Noot's patrons, originally meant to serve as some kind of prologue to the Cort Begryp and Lofsang (ad 1 & 2). There are no page numbers or quire signatures, and Waterschoot notes, "For each new buyer Van der Noot arranged the leaves differently" (E Codicibis Impressisque, p. 436).
Some occasional minor thumbing, a few spots and a couple small waterstains in the upper margin, otherwise in very good condition. Binding slightly rubbed along the extremities, spine professionally restored, and otherwise good.
Belg. Typ. 4625 (ad 1), 4626 (ad 2); 4632 (ad 3);  Hollstein (Dutch and Flemish) IV, p. 231, 260-76 (ad 1); Vermeylen, Leven en werken van Jonker Jan van der Noot, pp. 63-72, 87 ff. & bibliography: p. 147, III, A. 1 (ad 1); IV (ad 2); V, B. 22 (ad 3); Werner Waterschoot, ''Rond een convoluut van Jonker Jan van der Noot'', in: E Codicibis Impressisque. Opstellen voor Elly Cockx-Indestege (2004), vol. II, pp. 425-36.
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