Printed 1670: A Rare Spanish Edition Of The Famous Renaissance Emblem Book For Sale
PRINTED 1670: A RARE SPANISH EDITION OF THE MOST FAMOUS ELBLEM BOOK OF THE RENAISSANCE
WITH UNUSUAL AND CHARMING WOOD AND COPPER ENGRAVINGS.
VELLUM WITH CARDINAL'S ARMS IN GILT
Alciato, Andrea (Alciati). Declaracion magistral sobre las [sic] emblemas de Andres Alciato : con todas las historias, antiguedades, moralidad y doctrina, tocante a las buenas costumbres ...En Valencia : por Geronimo Vilagrasa : a costa de Geronimo Sanchiz ..., 1670. 4to. 19 x 14 cm., COMPLETE. , 706 [i.e. 716],  p. ; repeated pagination p. 391-400. Vellum with ecclesiastical armorial in gilt,spine renwed with later vellum, binding with warping, blanks and endpapers renewed, t.p. and first leaf repaired with loss, some thumbing to prelim. lvs., one leaf with center loss and repair, some moderate dampstaining, a few lvs. with more conspicuous dampstains, occasional stains or toning. RARE.
"Alciati is most famous for his Emblemata, published in dozens of editions from 1531 onward. This collection of short Latin verse texts and accompanying woodcuts created an entire European genre, the emblem book, which attained enormous popularity in continental Europe and Great Britain." [Wikipedia]
The wood and copper engravings of this 1670 edition, by an unknown artist, are charmingly naïve and very interesting . "Appended to each emblem are extensive notes in Spanish by Diego López (d. 1655), a schoolmaster at Toro, Spain, whose edition of Alciati first appeared at Najera in 1615.
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