London, South Kensington
30 November 2001
PARADIN, Claude (ca. 1510-1573). Devises heroïques, Lyon: Jan de Tournes et Guil. Gazeau, 1557.
8° (173 x 119mm.), title within historiated woodcut border, 182 woodcut devices attributed to Bernard Salomon, each with Latin caption, one large ornamental initial (title with short closed tear, paper flaw on verso of a2 rendering a few letters illegible, occasional light marginal thumb-soiling), red morocco gilt by E. Nierdrée, dated 1846, sides with triple fillet border, spine with raised bands, lettered and decorated in gilt, gilt inner dentelles, gilt edges (rear upper corner damaged). Provenance: occasional old manuscript annotations.
Second edition of this collection of devices of historical persons, the first to contain the explanatory text. Of the 182 devices only 104 were taken from the first edition of 1551, 70 appearing in this edition for the first time. Among those of French and foreign royalty are the crowned salamander of François I, the three crescents of Henri II, the crowned porcupine of Louis XII, and the portcullis of Henry VIII. Adams P291; Brunet IV, 358; Landwehr Romanic 564: "a book which played a very important role in the European emblem tradition"; Mortimer French 410; Landwehr Romanic 564; Praz p. 122.
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