4 June 2008
REUSNER, Nicolaus (1545-1602). Emblemata .. partim ethica, et physica: partim verò historica, et hieroglyphica, edited by Jeremias Reusner. Frankfurt: [Sigismund for Johann Feyerabend], 1581.
4° (189 x 135mm). Title within woodcut historiated border, woodcut portrait of the author and 159 emblematic cuts by Jost Amman and Virgil Solis. Several other cuts and large device on colophon leaf. Each page within woodcut ornamental border. (Occasional light worming to lower margins, a few marginal tears, several corners creased.) Contemporary limp vellum (lacking ties, rear turn-ins sprung).
FIRST EDITION of the earlier of Reusner's two emblem books, containing 40 woodcut emblems in books I and III, 39 in book II (where emblem 19 is skipped) and 40 in the Emblemata sacra, but none in book IV. Landwehr notes that many emblems were dedicated to the author's wide circle of friends. The woodcut artists, Jost Amman and Virgil Solis, had previously produced the woodcuts for the 1566-67 edition of Alciatus's Liber Emblematum, published in Frankfurt by Sigismund Feyerabend and Simon Hüters. Adams R-404; BL STC German 734; Landwehr German Emblem Books 496; Praz 469.
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