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Romanorum imperatorum effigies. Elogiis, ex diversis scriptoribus, per Thomam Treteru[m]... Rome, apud Franciscum Coattinum,

CAVALIERI Giovanni Battista (1590.)

£1500.00 

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Title engraved within architectural border with the crowned arms of the dedicatee Stefan Bathory, king of Poland, at the head, full-page engraved arms of Cavalieri and 151 full-page engraved portraits with the names engraved at the foot, Coattino's ring device on verso of last leaf, coloured.8vo. (171 x 114mm). [8]ff. (last two blank). 157 (i.e. 152)ff. Contemporary vellum over thin paste-boards, r.e. (ties missing, trifle soiled).

An additional portrait of Holy Roman Emperor Rudolph II is found here in the second edition of Cavalieri's portrait book of the Roman Emperors, following the first of 1583. Mortimer records a second issue of this edition with the title-page altered to 1592. The work is dedicated to Stefan Bathory, king of Poland, and the short biographies are by the Polish polymath Tomasz Treter (1547-1610), at that time a canon at Santa Maria in Trastevere, who was closely associated with the Polish court.Giovanni Battista de'Cavalieri (1526-1601) was a prolific printmaker producing engravings after Michelangelo and other masters as well as illustrating a number of books such the important counter-reformation suites of Catholic martyrdomsEcclesiae militantis triumphi(1583) and Ecclesiae Anglicanae Trophaea (1584). As Mortimer notes Cavalieri's copperplates were also used to illustrate a text by Antonio Ciccarelli, Le vita degli imperatori romani, Rome, Domenico Basa, 1590.Provenance: Early inscription on title-page rubbed away, early shelf-marks. Booklabel of Ebenezer Palmer, Bookseller, 18 Paternoster Row, London E.C., Estd. 1819. 20th century bookplate of Thomas Hodgkin, Newcastle on Tyne, designed by Harry Soane, London.Lower corner of I3 paper flaw affecting one letter.Brunet I, 1697. Mortimer Italian119. OCLC (4 copies only in US libraries: Newberry, Illinois, St. John's MN, & Southern Methodist Uni.)

Stock Code: 47374