CORROZET, Gilles (1510-1568). Hecatongraphie. C'est à dire les descriptions de cent figures & hystoires, contenants plusieurs appophthegmes, proverbes, sentences & dictz tant des anciens que des modernes. Paris: Denis Janot, 1543.
8° (158 x 100mm). Architectural title-border and 100 woodcuts within ornamental borders, woodcut initials. (Washed, A1-B1 short at foremargin.) Black morocco by Emile and André Maylander, in fanfare style with green and cream inlays forming central arabesque on covers, the remaining field largely filled with massed pointillé tooling and extravagant scrolling foliage, gilt spine panels, single fillet on turn-ins, double fillet on board edges, vellum endpapers, gilt edges. Provenance: G. de Miribel (booklabel).
THE SECOND VERNACULAR FRENCH EMBLEM BOOK, ILLUSTRATED WITH 100 WOODCUTS BY JEAN COUSIN: IT APPEARED SHORTLY AFTER GUILLAUME DE LA PERRIERE'S THEATRE DES BONS ENGINS, ALSO PUBLISHED BY DENIS JANOT.
Gilles Corrozet was a true Renaissance figure: publisher and man of letters and historian, even a philosopher, in his own right. A self-made man with no formal university education, he was moved by the desire to instruct others and to bring learning to a wide public.
This work, comprising one hundred emblems engraved by Jean Cousin, has a distinctive structure, with each emblem occupying a full double-page spread. The verso bears a motto/title, the woodcut and a quatrain, and the facing recto a longer verse text which is often divided into strophes.
Mortimer, Harvard French, 155; Praz, p.42; Brun, p.176; Alison Adams, Stephen Rawles, Alison Saunders, A Bibliography of French Emblem Books, 2 vols (Geneva: Droz, 1999-2002), 189-199; Alison Saunders, ‘Emblem Books for a Popular Audience? Gilles Corrozet’s Hecatomgraphie and Emblèmes', Australian Journal of French Studies 17 (1980), 5-29; Alison Adams, ‘Textual Development in Corrozet’s Hecatomgraphie’, Emblematica 8.1 (1994), 43-59; Stephen Rawles, ‘Corrozet’s Hecatomgraphie: Where did the Woodcuts come from and where did they go?’, Emblematica 3.1 (1988), 31-64.