BOISSARD, Jean Jacques (1528-1602). Icones quinquaginta virorum illustrium [II pars...III pars...IV pars iconum]. Frankfurt: Theodore de Bry and his heirs, 1597-1599. 4 parts in 2 volumes, 4° (196 x 147mm). Engraved titles, portrait of the author (repeated in vol.II) and 198 oval portraits surrounded by decorated borders. Red morocco by F. Bedford, triple fillet border on sides, gilt spines, gilt edges.
FIRST EDITION of this fine collection of portraits engraved by Theodore de Bry with the text by Jean Jacques Boissard, poet and antiquary, one of at least four productions by this partnership. The portraits, mostly of 16th-century people, include Lassus, Clusius, Thomas More, Ronsard, Budé, Vesalius, Mercator and Copernicus. Adams B-2326-29.
IMPERIALE, Giovanni (1602-c.1654). Musaeum Historicum et Physicum. Venice: Giunta Press, 1640. 2 parts, 4° (218 x 157mm). Engraved title, 56 engraved portraits, woodcut device at end of each part, with final blank, without portrait of Bernardinus Tomitanus printed on p.47. Early 20th-century red morocco gilt, gilt edges, by F. Bedford. Wellcome I, 3394. (3)