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Rare popular book with entertaining riddles in prose and verse

CROON, Petrus.
Grabbelingh oft vermakelijcke raetsels op keucken en disch, inde griel gheworpen ende stichtelyck op-gheraept.
Bruges, widow of Johannes Clouwet, 1666. Oblong 16mo (7 x 9.5 cm). With an engraved frontispiece. Contemporary sheepskin parchment. 315, [4], [1 blank] pp.
€ 6,500
Rare first and only edition of a book with entertaining riddles in prose and verse, for use within the family or at social parties, by the popular author Petrus Croon IV (1634-1682). He states in his preface, that because his earlier published book Moy-al was so graciously received, he presents his readers with another collection of riddles and epigrams, to feed both their lust for pleasure and their lust for learning. All riddles are presented to Philoxenus, a lover of guests, and are told by Conviva, an invited friend. The riddles are given in verse and the answers are afterwards discussed in dialogues, with the solutions hinted at but not bluntly given, because Croon believed it would keep interest when the answer was not fully known. Included at the end is a section containing the solutions to all riddles and emblems of the Moy-al.
With library stamps and bookplate. Frontispiece and title-page closely trimmed, but without loss of the image or text. Rebacked, lacking last flyleaf. Overall in good condition. STCV 3151545 (3 copies); Verberckmoes, Laughter, jestbooks and society in the Spanish Netherlands, p. 189
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