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Lot 50: Mythology.- Conti (Natale) Mythologiae sive explicationis Fabularum libri decem, 1616.

Important Books, Western Manuscripts and Works on Paper: Day One

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15 November 2016

London, United Kingdom

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Description: Mythology.- Conti (Natale) Mythologiae sive Explicationis Fabularum libri decem, first illustrated edition, double column, title in red and black and with large woodcut arms, folding woodcut plate of the heavens, 2 full-page and over 100 half-page woodcut illustrations within text, small section of corner of folding plate torn away with minor loss to part of border, title spotted and stained, elsewhere occasional light water-staining and some spotting, 19th century calf-backed mottled boards, spine gilt, rubbed and marked, 4to, Padua, House of Petrus Paulus Tozzi & Laurent Pasquati, 1616. ⁂ The most influential mythography of the late Renaissance. In France it was used as a source book by Ronsard and other members of the Pléiade and in England by George Chapman and Francis Bacon. Some of the woodcuts in this work are found in the excellent edition of Cartari's Imagini, which was a collaboration between the antiquarian Lorenzo Pignoria and the Paduan printer Pierpaolo Tozzi. Jean Seznec in his Survival of the Pagan Gods, 1953 discusses the great influence of this work.

Notes: Category: Literature, Manuscripts and History

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