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    The Most Famous Iconographical Reference Book

    Cesare Ripa. Iconologie, ou Explication Novvelle De Plusieurs Images, Emblems, Et Autres Figures, ... Paris: Mathew Guillemot, 1644. First complete French edition. Folio. Approximately 13.5 x 8 inches. a6, e4, i2, A-2A4, 2B6, A-Z4, 2A6. (24), 204, 196 pages. Added engraved title, divisional engraved title to part two, and ninety full page plates by Jacques de Bie, each containing three to six rondelle emblems, for a total of 459 engraved emblems. Title page in red and black with added engraved title. Contemporary full mottled calf, rebacked in modern calf, spine decorated in gilt, with red gilt morocco lettering label. Repairs to boards at corners and edges. Some leaves toned. Some foxing to outer margins, some spotting, not affecting text. Dampstain to lower inner margin of first few leaves. Tear to N4 (second part) at bottom and inner margin, not affecting text. Tear to T1 (second part), repaired, not affecting text. Still, a near fine copy of this beautiful book. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
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    "Ripa (c1560-c1625) author of the important emblematic work which Male called the 'key to the painted and sculptured allegories of the seventeenth century.' Seznec also points out its importance as a source of 'philosophical truths and moral concepts.' The most famous iconographical reference book. The allegories, personifications, conceits, symbols, etc. collected by Ripa were widely used by artists and writers, especially during the Baroque period." (Arntzen-Rainwater, Guide to the Literature of Art History,70).

    "The first published occurrence of the term 'iconologia' in the early modern period appears to be in a work (Ripa's Iconologie) often cited by art historians, but apparently, at least in its first edition of 1593, given little serious attention by this community, since it contained no pictures - only words... the title further tells us this was a 'work not just useful, but necessary to poets, painters and sculptors, to represent the virtues, vices affections and human passions'... soon after illustrated Ripas started appearing, with the third edition in 1603... It was in 1644, apparently a half of century after the term's introduction, that 'iconology' began to assume the overt meaning of an explanation of pictures, emblems, and other hieroglyphic figures. The evidence for this statement is found in two works that appeared that year. In Paris, 1644 Guillemot's edition (of Ripa)... In Italy a work by Placido Samperi, using 'Iconology' as the title of an illustrated book."

    - Picturing Performance. The Iconography of the Performing Arts in Concept and Practice. Thomas F. Heck.

    Jacob De Bie (1581-ca.1650) was a Flemish engraved who probably learned his work and certainly found his employment with the Collaert school. He is best remembered for his portraits, including such as those of the Roman Emperors and the kings of France as well as for his plates of the "Life, Passion, and Resurrection of Christ" after the designs of Martin De Vos.

    STC French R826. Landwehr 634. Adams-Rawles F.508. Praz, p.473.

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    August, 2015
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