Partheneia Sacra

Partheneia Sacra


Partheneia Sacra 1633 First Edition

By Henry Hawkins

Printed In Rouen by Jean Cousturier And Smuggled into England

The Volume is in Very Good Condition bound in half caff over marbled boards with the spine divided into five gilt-stamped compartments, with a red morocco letter-piece in the second compartment from the top, with the leaf edges red speckled. Externally the boards and spine are lightly scuffed in general, with board corners and edges bumped, and with very light chipping to the head of the spine. Internally the leaves are generally clean and well margined, with some scattered foxing ad toning, with a small tear to the lower gutter of the title, and little else in the way of stains.
The Volume is Incomplete Lacking for the frontispiece, with a total of 42 of 48 plates by Jacob van Langeren. See below for pagination & dimensions.

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Of Henry Hawkins

Henry Hawkinswas an English Jesuit writer. His best known work is the emblem book Partheneia Sacra: Or the Mysterious and Delicious Garden of the Sacred Parthenes. Due to penal laws preventing recusant catholics from publishing, Partheneia sacra was published in Rouen, and smuggled into England. The work is a fascinating fusion of the Emblem book and catholic devotional piece, focusing on the Virgin Mary, extrapolating on the symbolism associated with her.

A native of Kent, Henry Hawkins was raised catholic by his family, and entered the Jesuit Order in 1615. He was imprisoned and then exiled, returning to London to labour pastorally for twenty five years. Partheneia Sacra was one of two devotional works Hawkins created, with the later Devout Hart, that are the most important recusant catholic emblem books.

Pagination & Dimensions

The volume is paginated as follows: [xiv], 1-24, 27-76, 77-88, 91-120, 123-170, 175-218, 223-240, 243-271, [1]. The volume collates as follows: [x]1, A6, B8, C1-2, 4-8, D-E8, G1-2, 3-8, H8, I1-2, 4-8, K-L8, M1-3, 6-8,O8, P1-3, 6-8, Q1, 3-6, 8, R8, S6. The volume measures about 18 cm. By 12 cm. By 1.5 cm. Each leaf measures about 175 mm. By 115 mm.

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