Paris, R. Estienne 1549.
4to. 199p. TEN FINE NEARLY FULL-PAGE WOODCUT BUST PORTRAITS (some signed with the Lorraine cross).
18th-century glazed mottled calf (rubbed), flat spine gilt with flowers and a gilt-lettered morocco label (hinges neatly repaired), red edges, yellow silk marker.
First Edition, PRINTER’S PRESENTATION, one of only five illustrated books produced by Robert Estienne. The woodcut portraits follow the illustrations in Giovio’s illuminated dedication manuscript, presented to Henri II to flatter his claims to Milan. Giovio identifies his iconographic sources beneath the woodcuts.
ROBERT ESTIENNE GAVE THIS COPY TO JEAN QUINTIN (1500-61), author of over dozen books, professor of canon law at Paris, frequent traveler in the Middle East and member of the Order of Malta. Now faint, the inscription reads Quintinus Haeduus Juris doctor et ordinarius professor Lutetiae Dono Typographi. In 1582 Senlis lawyer Philippe Delahaye signed the title (also faint). In nice condition, bibliographic and historical notes on the front flyleaf, partly in the hand of Elie Louis Marie Adéodat, comte de Palys (1836-1908), bookplate of Château Clays-Palys.
¶Mortimer, French 248; Brun, Le Livre illustré en France au XVIe siècle 228; Bernard, Geofroy Tory 234-5 with reprod.