Item #11495 Emblematvm Libellvs. Andrea Alciati.
Emblematvm Libellvs.
Emblematvm Libellvs.
THE FIRST EMBLEMS AUTHORIZED BY ALCIATI

Emblematvm Libellvs.

Paris, C. Wechel 1540.

8vo (161 x 99 mm.). 119, [1]p. ONE HUNDRED THIRTEEN TEXT WOODCUTS ATTRIBUTED TO MERCURE JOLLAT, a woodcut Wechel device on title and another on final verso (Renouard 1117 & 1118).

18th-century blind-ruled mottled calf (rubbed, lower hinges cracked), gilt-lettered red morocco title and date labels, red edges, green silk marker.

THE MOST IMPORTANT SINGLE SET OF EMBLEMS, THESE BLOCKS SET THE MODEL FOR ALL EARLY EMBLEM BOOKS.
            “Wechel…established the pattern of symmetrical layout…which was subsequently to be so important a feature of many of the later emblem books” (Saunders). Three copies in U.S. collections. In good condition (first quire’s upper margin very lightly stained, some spotting throughout, heavier on two leaves); this copy differs from that described by Adams et al., with A3 correctly signed, p. 71 correctly numbered, and an inverted “3” in place of the “8” on p. 86.
¶Saunders, The Sixteenth-Century French Emblem Book: A Decorative and Useful Genre 99; Adams, Rawles & Saunders, A Bibliography of French Emblem Books F.008; Brunet I: 147; Green, Andrea Alciati 14 (after Brunet); Landwehr, Romanic 22 (after Green); not in Praz.

Item #11495

Price: $8,200.00