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Mundi Lapis Lydius sive Vanitas per Veritate¯ Falsi accusata & convicta Opera D. Antonii A Burgundia Arch-diaconi Brugensis.

Antoine de Bourgogne

RA Collection: Book

Record number



Variant Title

Vanitas per Veritatem Falsi accusata


Typis Viduæ Ioan. Cnobbari, Antverp.: 1639.

Physical Description

[28], 249, [27] p., engr. t.pl.: [50] illus.; 204 mm. (Quarto.)


[T.pl.] - [Dedic.] - Præfatio Dedicatoria - Præfatio monitoria - [Text and illus.] - Epinicium ... - Index Lemmatum - Epitome Totius Operis - Catalogus Auctorum, quorum in hoc opere sententiæ, aut historiæ - Syllabus Rerum & sententiarum; Sphalmata Nonnulla Typographica.

Responsibility Note

The engraved title-plate is signed as drawn by Abr. a Diepenbeke and engraved by Theodor. Ion. van Merlen.

Most copies are catalogued as having illustrations engraved by Andries Pauli the elder (1600-39) after A. van Diepenbeeck.

The work is dedicated, 'Infallibili Vanitatis Vindici ... Iustitiæ ... Antonius A Burgundia'.

Summary Note

The engraved title-plate shows Justice judging between Truth and Vanity. Each in-text illustration shows one of the 'vanities' against which Truth contends. The work is further decorated with tailpieces and initials.

A second Latin edition was published in 1654; a Dutch version in 1643; a German in 1727.


The front pastedown is inscribed in pencil, 'J.E.H.' (i.e. the initials of John Evan Hodgson RA, librarian of the Royal Academy from 1882 to 1895), by whom this volume was purchased in 1884 (see RA Annual Report for 1884, p. 57).

Copy Note

Imperfect: begins with only [6] unnumbered pages, i.e. lacks the conclusion of the Præfatio Dedicatoria and the whole of the Præfatio monitoria, called-for in the Epitome Totius Operis.

Binding Note

17th-century white vellum, unlettered.


Emblems (symbols) - Truth - Pride and vanity
Emblems (allegorical pictures) - Belgium - 17th century
Emblem books - Belgium - 17th century
Pictorial works - Belgium - 17th century