London, South Kensington
15 November 2013
PARADIN, Claude. (d.1573). Alliances Genealogiques des Rois et Princes de Gaule. Lyon: Jean de Tournes, 18 July, 1561.
2° (333 x 220mm). Title-page with elaborate early hand-coloured 'Midas' border and printer's device to centre panel, 1068 woodcut coats-of-arms with early hand-colouring, cancel slips to versos l2-m2 and m6, errata to verso p.1021, final leaf with imprint. (Title with paper repairs to border, wormhole to A1- and a1, touching title border and text on several leaves, tear to Nn3 affecting heraldic shield on verso and arms facing, occasional light browning.) Contemporary limp vellum with yapp edges, covers with large central arabesque (120 x 85mm) stamped in gilt, spine gilt in seven compartments, one lettered, the remainder with central device, all edges gilt (lacking ties, vellum cockled, foot of spine resewn). Provenance: Hartmann von Liechtenstein (initials H.H.V.L.V.N. [Herr Hartmann von Liechtenstein von Nikolsburg] stamped on upper and lower covers with the date 1577; spine with shelf mark in ink).
A HANDSOME HAND-COLOURED COPY OF THE FIRST EDITION of this magnificent collection of the coats-of-arms of the Kings of France, dedicated to Catherine de Medici as Queen of France, bound for the Imperial Councillor, Hartmann von Liechtenstein (1544-1585). The elaborate Midas title-border was first used on Guillaume Paradin's Memoriae nostrae libri quatuor (Lyons: 1548). With the cancel slips also found in the Harvard copy. Adams P-290; Brunet IV, 358; Mortimer French 411.
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