1636 – J. Drexel – Orbis Phaeton


Title:                     “Orbis Phaëthon hoc est De Vniuersis vitijs Lingvæ Pars Prima. Avctore Hieremia Drexelio e Societate IESV. Editio altera. Cum imaginibus Sadelerianis”

Very rare, pocket size, antique book in latin language – dictionary of sins, vices and bad habits alphabetically arranged with engraved plates, tome I (of two), two parts pp. 544 and pp. 507.  This book warns against the malignancies of language: the translation of the title may be: Universal vices of language. It includes an illustrated collection of moral dissertations 14 full page copper engravings from A-N representing a sin or vice, engraved by Philippe Sadeler. Sadeler’s family was the largest, and probably the most successful of the dynasties of Flemish engravers that were dominant in Northern European printmaking in the later 16th and 17th centuries.

The title page depicts Phaeton driving his chariot over a globe supported by 2 figures folding under his weight. The engraving of the letter E depicts Adam and Eve in their original attire at the foot of the tree of sin around which Wrapped the snake, admonished by a character, doubtless God, holding a globe in his right hand and totally surrounded by flames.

Writer:     Jeremias Drexel S.J. (1581-1638)
Atlas size:        9,5 cm x 5 cm x 5 cm
Year:                     1636
Technique:           copper engraving

Good condition. Slight signs of wear, decorative binding, sides very well preserved. Pages lightly water stained.

​Due to the age of this book some imperfections to be expected!

This is a ORIGINAL antique book published in 1636 and NOT a modern copy or reprint!

On your request we will provide a Certificate of Authenticity.

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