Description

    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.
    Please visit HA.com/6127 for an extended description of this lot.


    More Information:

    "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.



    Fees, Shipping, and Handling Description: Books & Catalogs (view shipping information)

    Sales Tax information  |  Terms and Conditions

    Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments

    Glossary of Terms

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    August, 2015
    5th Wednesday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 2
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 585

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    25% on the first $100,000 (minimum $14), plus 20% of any amount between $100,000 and $1,000,000, plus 12% of any amount over $1,000,000 per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    VIEW BENEFITS
    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
      winnings 
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Consign to the 2018 June 10 Civil War, Militaria, Arms & Armor - Dallas.

    Learn about consigning with us

    The department director has the heart of a true and highly knowledgeable collector with the business acumen of someone who has been not only successful but has decades of an impeccable track record
    David Greenburg,
    Chicago, IL
    View More Testimonials

    HA.com receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source: Similarweb.com)

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2017 November 10 Space Exploration - Dallas
    2017 November 10 Space Exploration - Dallas
    REALIZED SO FAR $852,131