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BÈZE, Théodore de (1519-1605)
Icones, id est, verae imagines virorum doctrina simul et pietate illustrium, quorum praecipuè ministerio partim bonarum literarum studia sunt restituta, partim vera religio in variis orbis Christiani regionibus, nostra patrúmque memoria fuit instaurata: additis eorundem vitae and operae descriptionibus, quibus adiectae sunt nonnullae picturae quas emblemata vocant
THE FIRST PORTRAIT GALLERY OF REFORMERS 4to (215x140 mm). [159 of 160] leaves. Signatures: [*]4 A-Z4 Aa-Qq4. Lacking the final blank Qq4. Printer's device on title page. Errata at l. Qq3v. Headpieces and floriated initials. With 38 full-page woodcut portraits within decorated woodcut borders (including the dedicatee's portrait on title page verso), 53 woodcut borders without portraits but with two wind-heads and text in each full-page woodcut medallion, and 44 half-page emblematic woodcuts within elaborate woodcut borders. Later half calf, lettering piece on spine, marbled endleaves, red edges. On the front pastedown engraved bookplate with the initials "BL" for Bob Louza. Very slightly browned throughout, some light marginal stains, but all in all a good copy with good margins. FIRST EDITION (variant issue without the printing place of Geneva, probably to be sold in non-Protestant countries). The plan to publish a portrait gallery of reformers is first mentioned in a letter to Bèze's friend in Nürnberg, the pastor Lorenz Dürnhoffer dated December 3, 1577, asking for a portrait of Joachim Camerarius. On August 7, 1570 he applied for a printing license, which he obtained the same day from the City Council. Judging from the dedication to King James VI of Scotland, dated March 1, 1580, the printing was finished toward the end of February. What Bèze produced was luxurious book: "Comme on le voit, les décors abondent et la structure est très rigoureuse. Le nombre de pages blanches est révelateur. On en compte pas moins de 34. Compte tenu du coût du papier, qui représente environ … [Click Below for Full Description]
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