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    Marcus Vulson de La Colombière. La Science Heroiqve. Paris: Chez Sebastien Cramoisy, Imprimeur ordinaire du Roy, et Gabriel Cramoisy, 1644.

    First edition. Folio (16 x 11 inches; 408 x 280 mm.). [16],494, 38 [Genealogie Svccinte de la Maison de Rosmadec], [2, blank], [3, alphabetic table], [1, blank], [18, index for La Science Heroiqve], [2, blank] pages. With engraved general and separate (i.e. Rosmadec) titles, engraved device on general letterpress title, a different engraved device on separate letterpress title, eleven small intertextual engravings, and 138 full-page engravings. Woodcut and engraved head- and tail-pieces and initials, some of which are historiated, throughout. General title printed in red and black.

    Nineteenth century quarter brown morocco over marbled boards, pictorial centerpiece stamped in gilt, spine lettered and ruled in gilt in compartments, five raised bands, marbled endpapers. Small, marginal rust hole on leaves V1 and 4A1. Repaired tears to lower edge of 2L2 and 2Q2, unaffecting text or images. Marginal repairs to upper fore-edge of prelims, the eight plates in section two, and eight leaves in the alphabetic table and general index. Rubbing to board extremities, with interior pasteboard exposed at several points along board edges and corners. Upper front and lower rear joints split but boards still attached and holding tight. A good copy.

    A notably complete copy of one of Vulson de La Colombière's most celebrated and successful works, a comprehensive encyclopedia of chivalry and heraldic devices, with copperplate engravings that include literally thousands of illustrations. Though little is known about his life, Colombière is widely recognized as having invented the hatching system used to designate heraldic tinctures.

    Brunet V, 1390.


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