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VIVALDUS, Joannes Ludovicus. d. 1540
Opus Regale
J. de Vingle for E. Gueynard, Lyon, 1508. Splendid Large Copy, A JEWEL OF LYONESE BOOK PRODUCTION. The woodcuts are attributed to Guillaume Le Roy. Andrea de Soncino edited the text, in nine parts, mixing secular and sacred. Contemporaries most prized the lament on the death of the Queen of Hungary. The final large block includes A FULL-FIGURE PORTRAIT OF BOOKSELLER AND PUBLISHER GUEYNARD (image 3), possibly the earliest accurate likeness of a member of the book trade to appear as a book illustration. Fine, unrestored, several early ownership inscriptions including two of the great abbey at Cluny. Brun, Le Livre illustré en France au XVIe siècle 314 & pl. XIX; Mortimer, French 552; Gültlingen, Bibliographie des livres imprimés à Lyon au 16e siècle I: 61,40; Apponyi, Hungarica I: 74 "very richly decorated" (tr.). CONTEMPORARY REVERSED YELLOW CALF (worn), later manuscript spine label (crown chipped), paper endleaves of vernacular legal documents, evidence of four pigskin ties
Bookseller: Bruce McKittrick Rare Books, Inc. [Narberth, PA, U.S.A.]
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