London, South Kensington
30 November 2001
CAMERARIUS, Joachim (1534-98). Symbolorum & emblematum ... centuria vna [-quarta], Nuremberg: [part 1] for Johann Hofmann and Hubert Camoxius, 1590 : [part 2] P. Kaufmann, 1595: [part 3] ibid., 1596 : [part 4], 1604.
4 parts in one volume, 4° (199 x 141mm., part 4 193 x 137mm.), engraved titles (the first by M. V. Somer) and 400 round emblematic illustrations in the text by Hans Sibmacher (pt. 4 from a smaller copy, illustration on Q4r in part 4 scratched, S3 of the same part torn and repaired, pt. 4 rather browned and spotted, occasional discolouration in the other 3 parts), contemporary German calf gilt (rebacked), gilt and gauffred edges. Provenance: Kenneth K. Mackenzie (1934 bequest to:) -- Horticultural Society of New York (bookplate).
FIRST EDITION OF THE FIRST BOTANICAL EMBLEM BOOK, together with his zoological emblem books devoted to quadrupeds, birds and insects, and fish and reptiles. It was also one of the first botanical books illustrated with copper-engravings. Brunet I, 1513; Landwehr German 162-4; Nissen BBI 312, ZBI 792-3; Praz p.295.
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