Lot 2345
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Autumn Auction: Decorative Art, Interiors, Silver, Jewellery, Classic Cars and Books & Prints
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[EMBLEM BOOK] – [ALCIATI, A.]. Los Emblemas de Alciato. Traducidos en rhimas Espanolas [por Bernardino Daza Pinciano] [..].

“En Lyon Por Gvilielmo Rovillio[=G. Rouillé]”, 1549, 256,[6 index] pp. With 201 emblematic woodcuts (incorporating 1 small map of Italy & 14 ills. dep. various trees) surrounded by woodcut architectural & ornamental borders. 8vo (ca. 18 x 12 cm.), late 19th-/ early 20th-cent. vellum, gilt spine with mor. letterpiece, all edges gilt.

¶ Landwehr (Romanic emblem books) 40. Campa (Emblemata Hispanica) A1. Praz p. 250n. Fairfax Murray (French) 9. Very rare first Spanish translation by the Spanish lawyer Bernardino Daza Pinciano (1528-1576) of one of the most influential emblem books by the Italian humanist Andrea Alciati (1492-1550). Of this first Spanish edition two versions exist: one printed for “Mathias Bonhome[=Macé Bonhomme]” and one for Guillaume Rouillé (ca. 1518-1589). According to the reference works the number of emblems in both editions should be either 212 (Campa) or 210 (Landwehr). Our copy differs from both editions (although the collation is the same) and seems to be a variant-edition: Landwehr 40 calls for 210 emblems (“Description of 210 emblems; the first book follows the Wechel editions of 1540-1542 and the second book the Venice 1546 edition”), but the number of emblems in our copy correspond exactly with Landwehr 43 listing a French translation (publ. in 1549 in Lyon by the same publisher G. Rouillé) containing 201 emblems (of which 14 are trees). The attractive woodcuts (a few are monogrammed “PV” in the block) are generally attributed to Bernard Salomon or “Le Petit Bernard” (ca. 1508-ca. 1561, cf. Brunet I, p. 148), others mention Pierre Eskrich (ca. 1520-1590) as the artist. According to Campa the woodcuts may be attributed to either Pierre Vingle or Pierre Vase. Ex bibliotheca “B[ob] L[uza]” with his circular book-plate mounted on upper paste-down. ¶ Lacks the final blank leaf R4. A few small defects (spine sl. rubbed/ worn, both joints sl. splitting at top, binding sl. (finger-)soiled, upper blank margin of title-leaf sl. dam./ torn, small portion of lower blank margin of leaf G3 torn off, outer blank margin of a few text-leaves cropped (touching a few letters), occ. sl. waterstained in outer (blank) margins, scattered small annotations in ink in outer blank margin, occ. sl. foxed/ browned), but nevertheless in good condition.

€ 500,00
€ 700,00

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