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Antithesis Christi et Antichristi videlicit Papae …[Geneva] apud Eustathium Vignon,

ROSARIUS Simon (1578)


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36 half-page woodcut illustrations by Pierre Eskrich, woodcut printer’s device on title-page.

8vo. 147, [1] (blank)pp. 18th century pale calf, richly gilt spine with brown morocco label, red edges.  

Second edition of Rosarius’ reformation inspired anti-papal work which compares the actions of Christ with those of Pope Paul III.  Using visual antithesis, eighteen pair of woodcuts clearly distinguish their respective behaviour. Rosarius was inspired by the Lucas Cranach illustrated (Philip Melanchthon and Martin Luther supplied the text) small picture book, Passional Christi und Antichristi, (Wittenberg, 1521) which compared the passion of Christ with that of the Antichrist, the pope.  The Cranach series had only thirteen pair of woodcuts.   The first edition was published in Geneva in 1557.  

Provenance: early 20th century engraved bookplate of Allan Heywood Bright.                                      

Title-page a little spotted, very small light waterstain to lower margin, not affecting text, but generally a good copy

Brunet I, p. 323; Adams R777.      

Stock Code: 217618