Banket-werk van goede gedachten / by Mr. Johan de Brune


Brune, Johan de – de oud (1588-1658): Banket-werk van goede gedachten / by Mr. Johan de Brune. Published in Middelburg, printed by Jaques Fierens, book seller, in the Gist-straet, in the Globe 1657. Or. limit binding, endpapers from a later period. In 8°, XVI, 496 p. Collation formula: ..̇ 8 A-2H 8. With title vignette and portrait of Johan de Brune

* This is the very first edition; later the address was: Gedruckt by Jaques Fierens, inde Globe, 1657, With privilege for 15 years. This edition therefore appeared before the privilege was granted.

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Johan de Brune the Elder (Middelburg, May 29, 1588 – there, November 7, 1658) was a Zeeland statesman and writer. He was an uncle of Jan de Brune the Younger, who is also called Johan. He studied in Leiden from 1606 to 1609, but lived in Middelburg all his life. He was a lawyer and held various political positions in Middelburg; from 1649 to 1657 he was grand pensionary of Zeeland. His pietistic Calvinism makes his work typically seventeenth-century: he was strictly religious and very serious. As a supporter of the further Reformation, he shows not only theological interest in all his work, but also strong social and political involvement. Literally he was an innovator because of the experiments he did with prose style (he is one of the first and best followers of Montaigne in the Netherlands), and because of his preference for proverbs. The first is reflected in his most famous work, the Emblemata, which were published in Amsterdam in 1624, but are very Zeeland in their text and illustrations. In this extensive work he provides 51 images (designed by Adriaen van de Venne) with poems, each followed by an essay of several pages in which he criticizes the mistakes of his time. The preference for proverbs is especially reflected in his remarkable works New wine in old le’er-zacken (1636) and Bancket-werck of good thoughts (1657), in which he provides enormous quantities of proverbs with short comments as a kaleidoscope of knowledge on the field of ethics: without choosing a fixed form, he teaches the reader about correct behavior in all kinds of circumstances.