Nebulo Nebulonum; hoc est, Iocoseria Modernae Nequitiae Censura; qua Hominum Sceleratorum fraudes, Doli ac versutiae aeri aëriq[ue] exponuntur publice: Carmine Iambico Dimetro adornata a Joanne Flitnero, Franco, Poëta Laureato

Autore: FLITTNER, Johann (fl. 1st half of the 17th cent.)

Tipografo: Jakob de Zetter

Dati tipografici: Frankfurt a.M., 1620


8vo (156x98 mm); contemporary blind-ruled vellum over boards, ink title on spine; [8], 164, [4, of which the last 3 are blank] pp. Engraved title-page (outer margin slightly trimmed) and 33 satirical engraved illustrations. Slightly browned, wormholes in the inner margin not affecting the text, all in all a very good, genuine copy. On the front fly-leaf contemporary dedication note by a “Petr. Much.” to a certain “Doctor Fredericus”.


FIRST EDITION, dedicated to the brothers Joannes Jacobus, Dominicus and Joannes Porsch, of the free Latin adaptation by Johann Flittner of Thomas Murner's (1475-1537) Schelmen Zunft, a collection of satirical poems first published in 1512 and inspired by Brant's famous Narrenschiff. Other editions of Nebulo Nebulonum were published in 1634, 1636, 1644 and 1663. A Dutch translation appeared in Leeuwarden in 1634 and 1645.

The work is at the same time a curious emblem book, which makes fun of the customs of Flittner's time and censors the corrupt manners of his contemporary fellows, sparing no social class. If the clergy is the most heavily and frequently attacked, all professions are taken into account, especially those who use words to deceive and seduce other people like jurists, councillors, clerics, and preachers. The volume contains 33 poems, each illustrated by an allegorical engraving and accompanied by two mottoes, one for the poem and one for the plate, and by an explanation in prose.

The lively illustrations, very likely designed by the publisher Johann de Zetter, show the daily life of the time, depicting costumes, interior of homes, and indoor and outdoor activities.


VD17, 1:029198C; OCLC, 25769668; J. Landwehr, German Emblem Books 1531-1888. A Bibliography, Utrecht, 1972, no. 283; M. Praz, Studies in 17thcentury imagery, Rome, 1975, p. 337; Wellcome I, 4490; H. Hayn & A.N. Gotendorf, Bibliotheca Germanorum Erotica, Munich, 1913, V, 248.