HOLBEIN, Hans, the younger (1497-1543, illustrator) – CORROZET, Gilles (author of the French verse text). Historiarum veteris testamenti icones ad vivum expressae. Lyons: Melchior and Gaspar Trechsel [for J. and F. Frellon], 1539.
Small 4° (182 x 122mm). 94 woodcut illustrations after Holbein, some cut by Hans Lützelburger, each approx. 60 by 89mm, with Latin text above and French quatrains below. Woodcut device on title and a larger version on last leaf. Light brown morocco by Trautz-Bauzonnet, covers with central arabesque in blind, spine with raised bands, gilt lettering and repeated blind fleuron, gilt turn-ins, gilt edges. Provenance: Munich Royal Library (duplicate, stamps on title verso) – Jean Joseph Sosthène, baron de La Roche Lacarelle (1816-1887, morocco label).
FIRST COMPLETE EDITION CONTAINING 94 WOODCUTS, INCLUDING THE TWO ADDITIONAL SUBJECTS IN II KINGS xii AND ISAIAH I; the first issue of the first edition (Lyons, 1538) contained only 92 cuts.
'Second edition of the Icones, the first to contain the complete set of ninety-four blocks and the French verse text. The word "instrumenti" in the title of the 1538 edition has been changed here to "Testamenti". To Frellon’s preface are added Nicolas Bourbon’s verse address to the reader and distich naming Holbein as the artist of the set of woodcuts, and a verse preface and postscript by Gilles Corrozet' (Mortimer).
For this edition, Mortimer indicates two states for quire H; the present copy with the woodblock of Solomon at the altar is on H3v while the block of the musicians is on H4r, as in the Hofer copy.
Mortimer, Harvard French, 278 ; Brun p. 131 ; Brunet III, 252 ; Baudrier V, p. 179-180.