First edition thus. 8vo. Full eighteenth-century calf with six raised bands to the spine, compartments decorated in gilt and gilt title label. Engraved pictorial title page. Illustrated with 174 emblematic engravings. A very good copy, the binding square and firm with a neat, minor old repair to the foot of the lower joint and some light rubbing to the extremities. The contents with the bookplate of John L. Nevinson, a few old ink marginalia and minor underscoring, and a little worming at the base of signatures I-N (affecting occasional lettering of gutter words on final line of leaves L4-N6) are otherwise in very good order. A handsome example.
The first edition of Claude Paradin's influential book of emblems to be accompanied by the commentary of Francois d'Amboise. First published in 1551, Paradin's 'Devises Heroïqves' remained one of the most enduringly popular works of its type, with editions continuing to be published into the seventeenth century. Following his original work, publication was taken over by Christophe Plantin in Antwerp from 1561, with the addition of 37 devises and the inclusion of a Latin translation in order to provide for a wider reading public. It was later published in a Dutch translation in Antwerp in 1563 and in an English translation in London in 1591, followed by this present revision in Paris, with additional commentary by d'Amboise, in 1614. A widely utilised work throughout Europe during the period, it was perhaps most notably drawn upon by Mary Queen of Scots, whilst held at Tutbury Castle, and Bess of Hardwick in their design and creation of the famous Oxburgh embroidered hangings. Provenance: John Lea Nevinson (1904-1986, curator, British Museum); Donald King (1920-1998) & Monique King (1922-2020, experts in the history of European textiles).
Stock code: 19635
Paris: Jean Millot.