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Cartari, Vincenzo (Vincentius Chartarius).
LE IMAGINI DE I DEI DE GLI ANTICHI, Nelle quali si contengono gl'Idoli, Riti, ceremonie, & altre cose appartenenti alla Religione de gli Antichi. Raccolte dal Sig. Vincenzo Cartari, con la loro espositione, & con bellissime & accomodate figure nuovamente
appresso Giordano Ziletti, e compagni In Venetia [Venice]: 1571., 1571. 566 p. Illustrated with Eighty-Eight (88) engraved copperplates, printed in various inks so that some have a sepia tone. Some leaves bound out of order. ** Most curious is that signature C was printed on one side of the leaves only, resulting in 8 blank pages. but no loss of text. Age and damp stain and edge wear through much of the text, but not horridly impacting on the plate images. Very worn contemporary limp full vellum binding. 4to. 21.5 cm. Old manuscript and stamped ownerships. The FIRST ILLUSTRATED EDITION. The great illustrated Italian language edition of this famous and important source book for Renaissance artists and poets. They used its representations of the ancient gods and mythological figures as a model for their own works. The popularity and influence of Cartari's book continued through the seventeenth century. Valgrisi issued an almost identical edition at the same time. It is great sport comparing the two issues. "While Vincenzo Cartari's book Imagini delli Dei de gl'Antichi ('Images of the Gods of the Ancients') was neither the earliest nor the most erudite treatise on the Græco-Roman pantheon to be published in 16th Century Italy, in time it came to be the most popular and influential. The book focused on the iconography of the gods, explaining the guises in which they were portrayed, and detailing their several attributes and accoutrements. The book's success was bolstered by the vivid Illustrations accompanying the text. The designs are said to be by one Bolognino Zaltieri. Very … [Click Below for Full Description]
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