22 May 2001
BOISSARD, Jean-Jacques (1528-1602). Tractatus posthumus... de divinatione & magicis praestigiis. Oppenheim: Hieronymus Galler, [ca. 1605].
2o (309 x 199 mm). Roman, italic and Greek types. Title printed within engraved architectural border, engraved allegorical dedication to Johann Casimir, Count Palatine (1589-1652), engraved Palatine arms on verso, portraits of the author and the engraver, the latter showing stacked printed sheets of his geographical works, and 48 engraved illustrations by Johann Theodore de Bry. Woodcut headpiece ornaments and initials. (Title browned and with a few marginal repairs, occasional discoloration.) Modern red morocco.
FIRST EDITION, printed posthumously, of this treatise on magic and divination by the antiquarian and neo-Latin poet Jean-Jacques Boissard. Although mainly compiled from earlier authors, his text includes valuable accounts of the oracles and seers of antiquity, illustrated with de Bry's series of portraits, each accompanied by emblematic figures or objects. Brunet I, 1068; Caillet 1348 (incorrectly calling for 33 engravings).
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