La prima [-quinta] parte della luce del dipingere et disegnare

Van't Light der teken en schilder konst

Illustrated by Crispin de Passe II (Dutch (worked in France), 1597–1670), Illustrated by Guercino (Giovanni Francesco Barbieri) (Italian (Bolognese), 1591–1666), Illustrated by Abraham Bloemaert (Dutch, about 1564–1651), Illustrated by Hendrick Goltzius (Dutch, 1558–1617), Illustrated by Giovanni Lanfranco (Italian, 1582–1647), Illustrated by Jean Cousin II (French, 1522–1594), Illustrated by Cavaliere D'Arpino (Giuseppe Cesari) (Italian (Roman), 1568–1640), Illustrated by Jusepe de Ribera (Spanish (active in Italy), 1591–1652), Illustrated by Roelandt (Roelant) Jacobsz. Savery (Flemish, 1576–1639), Engraved by Willem van de Passe (Netherlandish, 1598?–before 1637), Engraved by Robert van Voerst (Netherlandish, 1597–1635 or 1636), Publisher Jan Jansson (Dutch, 1588–1664), Publisher Joan Blaeu (Dutch, 1596–1673), After Jacques Stella (French, 1596–1657)

Place of Publication: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Catalogue Raisonné

Franken, de Passe, 1374; Hollstein, Dutch and Flemish, v. 16, p. 146, no. 191; Brunet IV, 413; J. Bolten, Dutch & Flemish Drawing Books, pp. 27-47


Overall: 38 x 26 x 4.3 cm (14 15/16 x 10 1/4 x 1 11/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Illustrated book with 194 engravings, and four woodcuts

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings


Illustrated books

(Amsterdam: Jan Jansz. and the author, 1643–1644) Folio, five parts; (Part 1) engraved title, letterpress title, [2 ff.], pp. 13-73 [i.e., 71; incl. pls. I-XXX], pls. I-VI; (Pt. 2) letterpress title, [3 ff.], folding plate of drawing class, pp. 1-15 [incl. pls. I-VII], pls. VIII-XXV [lacking pl. XV (& XXVI?)], pp. 1-[24; incl. pls. I-XI]; (Pt. 3) letterpress title, pls. I-XVII [plus second I], lacking pls. II, V, XVI]; (Pt. 4) [2 ff.] pls. I-XIV, [4 woodcuts on blue paper numbered XV-XVIII], XIX-XLII, [4 pls. numbered XLII-XLV in pen]; (Pt. 5) pp. 1-24 [incl. pls. I-XII], pls. XIII-LXVII [sic=XLVII; lacking XVI], [2 ff.] pls. I-XII, I-VI, [1 f. index]; contemporary Dutch blind-stamped vellum boards.

Amsterdam: Jan Jansz. and the author, 1643-1644


Pen and ink front pastedown: "HENR: WHITE, LICHFIELD: OCTOBRIS XV. MDCCCXXII / RARISS."; pen and ink front flyleaf: "Hans Busk bought at Whites Sale"


By 1822, Rev. Henry White (b. 1761 - d. 1836), Lichfield, England; acquired at White sale by Hans Busk. By 1985, Marlborough Rare Books, London; 1985, acquired from Marlborough by Arthur E. and Charlotte Vershbow; 2010, gift of Arthur E. Vershbow to the MFA. (Accession Date: April 14, 2010)

Credit Line

Gift of Arthur E. Vershbow in honor of Sue Welsh Reed