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GIOVIO, Paolo (1483-1552). Dialogo de las empresas militares, y amorosas. Lyons: G. Rouillé, 1561. 2 parts in one volume, 4° (205 x 140mm). Title device, 102 oval woodcuts within rectangular borders. (Some repaired tears, some of these reaching into text, especially from E2 onwards, lightly yellowed.) Red morocco by Brugalla, 1941, gilt turn-ins, gilt edges. Provenance: purchased from José Porter in 1941, then rebound.
GIOVIO, Paolo (1483-1552). Dialogo de las empresas militares, y amorosas. Lyons: G. Rouillé, 1561. 2 parts in one volume, 4° (205 x 140mm). Title device, 102 oval woodcuts within rectangular borders. (Some repaired tears, some of these reaching into text, especially from E2 onwards, lightly yellowed.) Red morocco by Brugalla, 1941, gilt turn-ins, gilt edges. Provenance: purchased from José Porter in 1941, then rebound.

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GIOVIO, Paolo (1483-1552). Dialogo de las empresas militares, y amorosas. Lyons: G. Rouillé, 1561. 2 parts in one volume, 4° (205 x 140mm). Title device, 102 oval woodcuts within rectangular borders. (Some repaired tears, some of these reaching into text, especially from E2 onwards, lightly yellowed.) Red morocco by Brugalla, 1941, gilt turn-ins, gilt edges. Provenance: purchased from José Porter in 1941, then rebound.

Second edition, first issue with the date 1561 on the title of both parts. Alfonso de Ulloa's Spanish translation was first published at Venice in 1558. The fine woodcuts by the 'Maître à la Capeline' were first used in Rouillé's Italian edition of 1559, and are here joined with the Spanish version for the first time. Giovio's work is 'one of the most significant and important in the whole of emblem literature' states Salloch. Dealing with the 'Imprese' or insignia and devices of celebrated men, it bore a close relationship to the contemporary art of medal making. Giovio justified the use of Imprese by making much of their place in antiquity. Baudrier IX, 255-256; Landwehr Romanic 343; Mortimer French 250; Praz 353; cf. Salloch cat. 291, no. 80.

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