Dialogo Dell’ Imprese Militari Et Amoros. Paolo GIOVIO, Bp. of Nocera.
Dialogo Dell’ Imprese Militari Et Amoros.
Dialogo Dell’ Imprese Militari Et Amoros.

Dialogo Dell’ Imprese Militari Et Amoros.

Lyon, G. Rouillé 1559.

4to. 194, [9]p. ONE HUNDRED TWO FINE OVAL WOODCUTS BY THE MAÎTRE À LA CAPELINE (Thomas Arande?), each in one of eight different densely decorated Mannerist frames of satyrs, insects, sea monsters, owls, eagles, pure ornament and grotesqueries; half-page woodcut medallion portrait of the author.

19th-century beige boards, flat spine (crown chipped), manuscript title on the bottom edge of the book block.

Bound with:
SIMEONI Gabriele. 1509-?1575.

Le Imprese Heroiche Et Morali Ritrovate. Lyon, G. Rouillé 1559. 4to. 51, [1]p. THIRTY-FIVE FINE OVAL WOODCUT EMBLEMS BY THE MAÎTRE À LA CAPELINE, in woodcut frames (as above), Simeoni’s own emblem on the title verso.

Ad I: FIRST ILLUSTRATED EDITION: “AT THE SOURCE OF THE ART OF EMBLEMATICS” (Chatelain, tr.). Rouillé’s preface discusses the illustrated manuscript, the commissioning and execution of the blocks and the preparation of the text. A modest copy (slightly browned, one quire slightly stained, a couple of ink spots, old repair to four leaves), early signature of Gio. Filippo Scutono, bookplate of revolutionary Francesco Bubani (1809-90).
¶Adams et al., A Bibliography of French Emblem Books F.265; Praz, Studies in 17th-Century Imagery 352; Chatelain, Livres d’emblèmes 40; Vinet, Bibliographie…des beaux-arts 845 “jolies figures…d’un goût excellent”.
 Ad II: First Edition. Among the images is Aldus’ Festina lente. For Simeoni (1509-?75), the emblem “is a means of investigating the true nature of men, and, even more, their dissimulation” (Chatelain, tr.). In good condition (four lower corners slightly stained).
¶Adams et al. F.527; Praz 497; Chatelain 41; Vinet 845.

Item #08960

Price: $2,800.00