Paris, R. Boutonné 1622.
8vo. [xii], 339p. Etched architectural title cartouche incorporating four emblems, ONE HUNDRED EIGHTY-ONE ETCHED EMBLEMS IN THE TEXT.
Blind-ruled crushed green morocco (Petit), gilt lilies in the corners, gilt-lettered spine title and date with smaller lilies in the compartments, all edges gilt, multi-color silk marker.
Bound with: ¶Kelso, Doctrine of the English Gentleman 676; Praz, Studies in 17th-Century Imagery 445; Landwehr, French…Books of Devices and Emblems 573; Adams, Rawles & Saunders, A Bibliography of French Emblem Books F.469; Châtelain, Livres d’emblèmes 42 “the first French collection of ‘heroic devices’” (tr.).
AMBOISE, Francois d’. 1550-1620.
Discovrs Ov Traicté Des Devises. Paris, R. Boutonné 1620. 8vo. [iix], 178, p.
AMBOISE, Adrien d’. c. 1568-after 1622.
Devises Royales. Paris, R. Boutonné 1621. 8vo. Etched title (same cartouche as above I), 66 [r. 68]p. THIRTEEN ETCHED EMBLEMS.
Ad I: FINAL EDITION: “THE FIRST COLLECTION OF DEVICES WITH THE FIRST THEORETICAL ESSAY [ON EMBLEMS]…THE FIRST PROTESTANT COLLECTION OF RELIGIOUS DEVICES” (Landwehr). Paradin’s original collection was expanded by more than half by F. d’Amboise. Bookplates of M. de Gosne and of Robert Hoe (1839-1909).
Ad II: Only Edition, THE FIRST EMBLEM HANDBOOK IN FRENCH. “D’Amboise sees the device as a potentially universal language” (Russell). He focuses on the interplay of device and motto, the rules and conventions governing the device and the viewer’s pleasure in puzzling out word and image. He was the first to divide emblem iconography into five types — spiritual, moral, natural, military and miscellaneous. His son, Adrien, posthumously edited the text and saw it through the press. Early illegible signature on the title.
¶Russell, The Emblem & Device in France passim & 218; Saunders, The Seventeenth-Century French Emblem 318-9; Praz 253; Cioranesco 2431 & Cioranescu 7086 (1621 in error).
Ad III: Only Edition, apparently the first independent discussion of the subject. A French translation of each motto precedes the fulsome explanation of the emblem. All three books are in good condition (a few blank upper corners of III slightly stained).
¶Praz 253; Adams et al. F.073; Cioranescu 7087.
¶Kelso, Doctrine of the English Gentleman 676; Praz, Studies in 17th-Century Imagery 445; Landwehr, French…Books of Devices and Emblems 573; Adams, Rawles & Saunders, A Bibliography of French Emblem Books F.469; Châtelain, Livres d’emblèmes 42 “the first French collection of ‘heroic devices’” (tr.).