Brussel, Jan Mommaert, 1647, 12mo., full parchment binding, without pagenumbers, collation: A-H12, worn condition with deformed spine, damaged endpapers exposing old strips of parchment waste with gothic writing that have been used as part of the construction (in Dutch: maculatuur), last page damaged along the edges, engraving on titlepage decpicting a confession scene in church, with decorative initials and borders and an engraving depicting the crucifixion.
This book was made to ease the process of preparing yourself for confession. The book recommands to regurlarly (though not too often) confess your sins in a general confession. To make sure you don't forget to consider any deatlhy sins the book lists all and any sins you could think of, neatly organised. The pages listing the sins, have been precut per line and enclosed with a border, so you could lift an individual strip over the edge of the border to keep track of sins you wanted to confess to. In time some of the borders have come loose so it is difficult to tell what sins have been marked this way. There are pages though, that are so neatly preserved the highlighted sins are easy to identify. A few contemporary owners signed the book: Hendrik van Lieuereden (anno 1653) and Maria Agnus Koekmans. It seems that Hendrik or Maria were for instance, prone to gossip (‘Achter-klap ghesproken’) and take their impatience out on animals (‘Uut gramschap d'onrelycke dieren vermaledydt’).
Scarce and early edition, not found in the collection of the Dutch or Belgian Royal Library (March 2022). From the collection of Jelle Kaspersma and Alie Vinke (2010).