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XV Metamorphoseon libroru[m] figuræ elegantissime à Crispiano Passæo laminis æneis incisae. Qvibvs svbivncta svnt epigra[m]mata latine ac germanice conscripta, fabúlarúm omnium súmmam breviter ac erúdite comprehendentia aútore Gvilhelmo Salsmanno ...
Köln, Joannem Jansenius, 1607 4to. Contemp. full vellum. Small repairs on spine ends. Covers with blindtooled filets on borders with small blindtooled cornerpieces. In the middle a small blindtooled garland. All edges gilt and part of edges goffered. Binding a bit soiled. Handwritten title on spine. Engraved title-page with large ornamental border. 1 printed leaf, 2 leaves with half-page engraved illustration and text in Latin and German and 132 leaves with half-page engraved illustration and accompanying text in Latin and german underneath, numb. 1-132. (In all 134 engravings, ex title-page). All leaves interleaves with blanks. Title-page with old name on foot and a bit soiled. Occasionally some browning to the printed text, but engravings fine and clean. ¶ Scarce enlarged second edition (the first 1604 having only 103 engravings) of Crispin de Passe's the Elder famous series of illustrations to Ovid's metamorphosesOvid, a leading figure in the social and literary world at the court of the Emperor Augustus, wrote the Metamorphoses - a collection of mythological tales of transformation - from about AD 2 onwards; the stories were extremely popular with later writers in the Middle Ages and Renaissance. This series of colourful and dramatic stories made excellent subjects for the artist, and Van de Passe's published series of prints derived from these drawings went into a second edition in 1607, with an increased number of plates.Landwehr "German Emblem Books 1531-1888", no.471, note, the 1.ed.
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