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De Funeribus Romanorum Libri quatuor cum Appendice. Accessit et Funus Parasiticum Nicolai Rigaltii
Fine engraved frontis. & four folding engraved plates by Romeyn de Hooghe. Woodcut printer's device on title. 24 p.l. (incl. frontis.), 649 (wrongly numbered "641"), [45], one blank leaf, 24 pp. Four parts in one vol. Thick 12mo, cont. vellum over boards. Leiden: Hack, 1672. [bound with]: -. In Funere Pauli Merulae Historiarum Professoris in Academia Batavorum, & Foederatarum Provinciarum Historiographi, Oratio, in qua de vita scriptisque ejus disseritur. Woodcut printer's device on title. 4 p.l., 64 pages. 12mo. Leiden: Hack, 1672. I. First illustrated edition of this important collection of texts taken from ancient authors concerning the funeral rites and ceremonies, burial places, etc., of antiquity, particularly Roman customs. There are descriptions of cremations, the different postures and orientations of the body, types of tombs and memorials, funeral processions, etc. The first edition appeared in 1605. Each of the four parts begins with an engraved folding plate executed by Romeyn de Hooghe. The first plate illustrates the corpse of a noblewoman on an ornate litter transported by a group of soldiers while attendants wave farewell; the second plate illustrates the funeral procession through the city with soldiers, wailing attendants and mourners carrying torches and wreaths; the third plate depicts the cremation of a body upon a pyre of logs (the attendants in the foreground have assembled animal sacrifices and even several humans, likely slaves); and the fourth plate shows them offering these dead animals along with wine and fruits before an elaborate memorial covered with garlands and wreaths. The engraved title page depicts another flaming cremation, situated on an elaborately decorated pyre several stories high; on top, a chariot and horses have been prepared for the final trip to the afterworld. At the end there is an appendix by Nicolas Rigault (1577-1654), on how to protect the corpse from parasites. II. First edition of Kirchmann's funeral oration for Paul Merula (1558-1607), a Leiden professor. Kirchmann (1575-1643), German antiquarian, and taught at Rostock and was director of the gymnasium at Lubeck. Nice copies. ❧ Landwehr, Romeyn de Hooghe, 20. N.B.G., Vol. 27, cols. 782-83.
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