Opus Regale. Joannes Ludovicus. d. 1540 Vivaldus.

Opus Regale.

Opus Regale. 1508.

4to. CCCXII, [7] leaves. Gothic type, ONE HUNDRED THREE PAGES DECORATED WITH EIGHT LARGE, ONE HALF-PAGE AND FOUR HUNDRED SEVENTY-NINE TEXT WOOD- AND METALCUTS INCLUDING A FINE DANCE OF DEATH SERIES & another of INSTRUMENTAL MUSICIANS, eleven pages in four-block borders, ninety-one pages with three-block borders, two leaves printed in red and black, large & small white- & black-line woodcut initials (many historiated), hundreds of woodcut pointing hands in the margins, title in red & black in four white-line border strips enclosing ten smaller cuts. CONTEMPORARY REVERSED YELLOW CALF (worn), later ms. spine label (crown chipped), paper endleaves of vernacular legal documents, evidence of four pigskin ties. Splendid Large Copy, A JEWEL OF LYONESE BOOK PRODUCTION. The woodcuts are attributed to Guillaume Le Roy. Andrea de Soncino edited the text. Contemporaries most prized the lament on the death of the Queen of Hungary. A fine unrestored copy, several early ownership inscriptions including two of the great abbey at Cluny.Mortimer 552; Gültlingen, Lyon I: 61,40; Brun, Le livre illustré en France au XVIe siècle 325 (after secondary source); Apponyi, Hungarica I: 74 “überaus reich geschmückt”. Item #7595

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