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Description: The father of Jan Luyken on profit without loss

LUYKEN, Caspar.
Onfeylbare regel van winste sonder verlies: ofte korte aenwijsinge en bericht, om 't zy door koopmanschap, ambacht ofte neeringe, altijdt winninge te doen; en in korten tijt rijck te worden: ende rijck geworden zijnde, den rijckdom (sonder eenige vreese van verlies) sekerlick te behouden. Als mede om geld op interest te doen, dat men gewisse sekerheydt hebbe, dat het capitael vast en onverlieslick zy, en dat men hoogen interest daer van trecke. Hier is noch achter gevoeght de wissel-banck, geopent door den selven autheur.

woodcut vignette on 2 titles. 212; 52 pp.

First edition of the two parts together of the "Unfailing rule of profit without loss" and the "Bank of Exchange explained" by Caspar Luyken (ca. 1607- ca. 1667), school teacher and father of Jan Luyken, who would become famous for his beautiful emblem books. The first part was published in 1656 at Haarlem by Dominicus Jansz. de Gaver, and was said to be the "third edition" as well. According to Van Eeeghen-Van der Kellen, this probably was because Caspar Luyken had earlier treated the same subject in verse. This was explained in the preface at the time, but the preface for the present edition was changed.
The subject of "Profit without loss" was in fact intended to promote charity, benevolence and love of one's fellow-men. The second part, which is on the same subject, was here added for the first time. It has a preface, addressed "To the attentive Christian reader", by Petrus Serrarius, friend of Caspar Luyken. They were both close friends of the Amsterdam Mennonite preacher Galenus Abrahamsz., and in 1655 Caspar Luycken had written a pamphlet in defence of Galenus Abrahamsz. in a theologian dispute with the preacher of the Flemish Mennonites at Amsterdam. The publisher Christoffel Luycken (1634-1677), was the author's eldest son. The present work, with both parts, was re-published in 1685 and 1687, and again in 1762. For the latter edition the author's name had been re-spelled "K. Luyken", and the author was praised on title as "the father of Jan Luyken", because by that time the son had become much more popular than the father.

Fine copy.
Van Eeghen-Van der Kellen I, pp. XII-XIII; Not in Kress; Not in Hoock & Jeannin.
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