WITHER, George (1588-1667). A Collection of Emblemes, Ancient and Moderne: quickened with metrical illustrations, both morall and divine. London: A[ugustine]. M[athewes]. for Richard Royston, 1635 [part-titles dated 1634]. 2° (298 x 179mm). Title with woodcut printer's device, engraved additional title by William Marshall, engraved portrait of the author by John Payne and 200 circular emblematic engravings by Crispin de Passe, final page of the lotteries in woodcut, woodcut tailpieces and initial (the pointers to 2O4 and part of the woodcut illustrations in facsimile, B1, M2, N1, V2-3, X1, Z1 & 2I1 from another copy, several closed tears and repairs, slightly affecting text, the worst being at C3, E1, N4 & 2K2-3, a few minor spots and stains). Late 19th-century green levant morocco gilt by Worsfold, gilt edges (extremities lightly rubbed). Provenance: Thomas Jefferson McKee (bookplate dated 1895) -- Newton Hall, Cambridge (bookplate with manuscript initials 'J.S.') -- William Alfred Foyle, Beeleigh Abbey, Essex (1885-1963, morocco bookplate; his sale, Christie's London, 11 July 2000, lot 494).
FIRST EDITION, THE FOYLE COPY. The emblems are printed from plates originally engraved by Crispijn van de Passe the elder for Gabriel Rollenhagen's Nucleus emblematorum of 1611-1613. Lowndes 2966; Praz p. 177; STC 25900c.