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ROLLENHAGEN, Gabriel (1583-1619). Nucleus emblematum selectissimorum, quae Itali vulgo impresas vocant. Cologne (vol.II Utrecht): Crispin de Passe for Jan Jansson, [1611]-1613.
ROLLENHAGEN, Gabriel (1583-1619). Nucleus emblematum selectissimorum, quae Itali vulgo impresas vocant. Cologne (vol.II Utrecht): Crispin de Passe for Jan Jansson, [1611]-1613.

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ROLLENHAGEN, Gabriel (1583-1619). Nucleus emblematum selectissimorum, quae Itali vulgo impresas vocant. Cologne (vol.II Utrecht): Crispin de Passe for Jan Jansson, [1611]-1613.

2 volumes in one, 4o (188 x 145 mm). General engraved title, engraved portrait of the artist for each part, 100 engraved emblematic plates, engraved sectional title, 100 engraved emblematic plates. (A few leaves with light spotting or stains, first two leaves mounted on stubs.) 18th-century mottled sheep, edges red (rebacked). Provenance: Charles François LaBarius (18th-century ownership inscription in French); Lord Ashburnham (shelf mark "28.C" on verso of flyleaf, sold 10 May 1898, lot 3222); John Slocum (pencil note); acquired from Goodspeed's Book Shop, 1988.

FIRST EDITION. It is presumed that copies bound with the French text in part 2 only and without the date 1611 on the engraved title for part one are of an earlier issue; this copy conforms to the Praz copy. This collection of emblems consists "of engravings of high inventive and decorative charm. Religious and moral truths [are] expressed in complicated imagery. Rollenhagen [is] the portical inventor whose ideas De Passe [delineates] in delicate circular engravings" (Benesch Rubens to Daumier, p. 28). Landwehr, German 510 & Low Countries 573; Praz, 17th-Century Imagery I pp. 476-477 & II pp.141-42.

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