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Beze (Beza), Theodore de

Publication Date: 1580
Condition: fine Hardcover
From Xerxes Fine and Rare Books and Documents (Glen Head, NY, U.S.A.)

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Icones, id est verae imagines virorum doctrina simul et pietate illustrium: accedunt emblemata. Genevae, Joan. Laonius 1580 (information appears on a typed insert to replace missing titlepage along with a handwritten note that the book was purchased at a Lee Priory sale in Kent without a title page. Note is undated but Priory sales were in early to mid 1800s. )Begins with Serenissimo per Dei page and ends with one blank page after errata page. 158 leaves with printing plus 4 blank pages at end. Other than missing titlepage, the text is complete. 37 woodcut portraits in fancy wide frames,each with a short text of biography. Portraits are done by expert draftsman, giving fascinating, surprisingly individualized portraits of powerful men and one woman, Marguerite de Valois. Men portrayed include: Desiderius Erasmus, Andreas Gerardus, Philippus Melanchton, Martin Luther and many others. Followed by 44 woodcut emblems - pictures of daily late medieval life -with a horatory poem beneath the picture, one per page. Almost all pages have a large but light water stain, one page has tiny inchlong closed tear in the margin; one page has ink doodle in margin. One of rear blank end pages has contemporary ink notation. Later fine quality leather spine professionally added with gilt lettering, leather boards with narrow gilt border and red marbled endpapers. Good, binding secure, leather worn off on corners and a discolored and stained. Bookseller Inventory # a64717

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Publication Date: 1580

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:fine

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