Oct 13, 2022 - Sale 2617

Sale 2617 - Lot 15

Price Realized: $ 1,105
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 300 - $ 500
Damhoudere, Joos de (1507-1581)
Practijcke ende Hantboeck in Criminele Saken.

Antwerp: Hans de Laet, 1561.

Second Dutch edition, quarto, a defective copy, lacking all four preliminary leaves (including the title page) and the final leaf (all leaves provided in photo-copy facsimile and bound in place), illustrated with more than fifty large (three-quarter page) woodcuts of crimes being committed, justice being delivered, and torture and punishment meted out; in later full mottled calf, rubbed, 7 1/4 x 5 1/8 in.

This practical handbook of crimes is illustrated with more than fifty woodcuts depicting a variety of transgressions, including, but not limited to, rape, incest, murder, robbery, and arson. It also shows a variety of criminal punishments and torture, featuring woodcuts of people being burned at the stake and water boarded, among others.