A Beautifully Illustrated Edition of Alciato's Emblemata

    [Andres Alciato]. Diego Lopez. Declaracion Magistral Sobre Las Emblemas de Andres Alciato... Najera: Juan de Mongaston, 1615.

    Early Spanish edition. Octavo. 484 leaves, numbered [8], 1-283, 283-381, 381-438, 446-448, 454, 450, 458, 455, 452-454, 454-470, 465, 472, [7]. [Misnumbering 50 as 80, 64 as 94, 69 as 59, 164 as 146, 214 as 201, 281 as 281s, 364 as 354, 366 as 365, 372 as 371, 396 as 399.] pages. Profusely illustrated with 210 woodcut and engraved emblems.

    Later leather over blue and black marbled paper boards. Binding noticeably worn, with some abrading and loss of leather. Vertical cracks to the leather. Corners rubbed and bumped. Toning of the endpapers at the spine ends. Small armorial plate affixed to title page and larger armorial bookplate (?) affixed to the blank verso of the title page. Scattered foxing and toning throughout. Closer tears and paper loss to a number of leaves, including several bottom corners. A few paper repairs of varying quality. Scattered unobtrusive staining throughout. A very good copy.

    A beautifully illustrated, but somewhat poorly-printed edition with significant vernacular commentaries by Diego Lopez regarding Alciato's Emblematum liber or Emblemata, the work recognized as the first printed (and most frequently reprinted) emblem book.

    Green, 142. Praz, p. 405. Tung, 106.

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