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Historical description of Leiden, beautiful example of early Dutch book production

HOUT, Jan van.
Der Stadt Leyden dienst-bouc, innehoudende verclaringe van tvvezen ende ghelegentheyt vande zelve stadt, gelijck die van outs gheweest, ende verdeelt is.
[Leiden], Raadhuispers, 1602. Small folio (ca. 19 x 29 cm). With woodcut coat of arms of the city of Leiden on title-page, and an added full-page engraved author's portrait by W. van Swanenburgh, dated 1608. Printed in textura, civilité and roman types, alternately in 2 columns and over the whole page, and with blank, outlined spaces for intended seals. Early 18th-century richly gold-tooled red morocco, gilt-edges.
€ 3,950
First edition of the first historical description of the city of Leiden by Jan van Hout (1542-1609), town secretary and a well-known poet. One of Van Hout's poems on the city of Leiden Opt ontset van Leyden is included in the present work. Jan van Hout's Dienst-bouc, in which for the first time several charters were published, served as a foundation for Orlers Beschrijving van Leyden, published in 1614. The Dienst-bouc goes beyond a purely Leiden-interest. From a typographical point of view the work is one of the most beautiful Dutch book-productions of the late 16th and early 17th century. Printed in different types, it shows a perfect lay-out for both single pages, as the whole work. Since the book was printed at the municipal press at the Leiden Town-Hall, it must have been the author himself who did the typographical design.
With owner's inscription of Ledeboer on the end-paper and crossed initials on third flyleaf; binding very slightly rubbed; some slight foxing in the margins of the portrait. Fine copy.
Carter and Vervliet, Civilité-types, p. 36 & 293; Nijhoff & Van Hattum 143; NNBW II, cols. 608-612.
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