London, South Kensington
19 October 2016
JOACHIM CAMERARIUS (1534-1598)
Symbolorum & emblematum. Nuremberg: Vögelin, 1605.
King Friedrich August II’s copy of the first collected edition of the first work to treat natural history in emblematic form.
4 parts in one volume, 4° (195 x 147mm). Four engraved titles, 400 circular emblems in the text. Emblem 77 in part I with light hand-colouring; emblems 8 and 10 in part IV tipped in. (Lower margin of first title repaired, preliminary leaves of part I bound with part IV.) Contemporary vellum, spine titled in manuscript, sides ruled in blind (lacking front free endpaper, vellum soiled). Provenance: J.Fr.L. Reupsch of Helmstadt (1727-1788; monogram on title, signature on first leaf) – Dr J.M.W. Baumann (entomological engraved bookplate; some underlining, perhaps in his hand) – Friedrich August II, King of Saxony (1797-1854; bookplate) – Dresden Central Art Library (deaccessioned stamp).
‘Camerarius devoted each of the four centuries of emblems to a different corner of the created world: herbs and trees; quadrupeds; birds and flying insects; sea creatures. The completed design surveys the four orders of created things, each book confining itself to a single province.' (Manning, The Emblem, p. 120). The emblematic illustrations in text are attributed to Hans Siebmacher. Adams C448; Faber du Faur 668; Folger IV, p. 350; Hunt 181; Krivatsy 2066; Landwehr, German 166; Nissen BBI 312 and ZBI 792, 793; Praz p. 295; BL STC German C-151.
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