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Lot 1222: Andrea Alciati EMBLEMATUM LIBELLUS 1545 Antique Emblem Book Theology Christianity Woodcuts
22 October 2016
Freeville, NY, USALive Auction
Title: Emblematum Libellus
Author: Andrea Alciati - Andrea Alciato, commonly known as Alciati (Andreas Alciatus), was an Italian jurist and writer. He is regarded as the founder of the French school of legal humanists.
Publisher: Jacobus Modernus Excudebat
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 119 pages
Width: 4.5" Height: 6.5"
Book Details: Usually known simply as the Emblemata, the first emblem book appeared in Augsburg (Germany) in 1531 under the title "Viri Clarissimi D. Andreae Alciati Iurisconsultiss. Mediol. Ad D. Chonradum Peutingerum Augustanum, Iurisconsultum Emblematum Liber." Produced by the publisher Heinrich Steyner, the unauthorized first print edition was compiled from a manuscript of Latin poems which the Italian jurist Andrea Alciato dedicated to his friend Conrad Peutinger and circulated to his acquaintances. The 1531 edition was soon followed by a 1534 edition authorized by Alciato: published in Paris by Christian Wechel, this appeared under the title "Andreae Alciati Emblematum Libellus" ("Andrea Alciato's Little Book of Emblems").
Condition / Notes: This volume has detached front and rear boards and is lacking a spine cover. The volume is in full leather, with black stamped ornamentation to the front and rear covers. The covers are rubbed at the edges. The text block is firm, and is adorned with a gilt top edge. The volume is adorned with marbled endpapers. A stamped dated "Jan 9 1920" is present to the top of the title page. The interior is largely clean and bright, with only a few mild spots of foxing and soiling. One word in ink appears in the margin of page 2, and a small closed tear in the bottom corner of page 3-4. The work is profusely illustrated with woodcuts.
This volume has been collated. There are 119 numbered pages, and 107 illustrations. There is underlining on pg. 75.
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