Symbolorum et emblematum centuriae tres. I. Ex herbis & stirpibus. II. Ex animalibus quadrupedibus. III. Ex volatilibus & insectis. Editio secunda, auctior & accuratior. Accessit noviter centuria IV. Ex aquatilibus & reptilibus. Cum figuris aeneis. Nuremberg, typis Voegelinianis,

CAMERARIUS Joachim (1605)


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Four engraved title-pages (the first of them monogrammed "H S"), 400 circular engraved illustrations of plants and trees, animals, birds and insects, and fish.

4to (202 x 152mm). 4 parts in one vol. Contemporary reversed calf (headcap and corners worn, some tears and marks to covers).

The first collected edition of the first work to treat natural history in emblematic form. The 400 emblems are derived from nature and represent plants and flowers, quadrapeds, birds and insects, fish, sea creatures and serpents. Each emblem is accompanied by explanatory texts influenced by the hieroglyphic studies of the Renaissance coupled with Camerarius' understanding of nature based on Pliny and other classical authors.

The physician Joachim Camerarius (1534-1598) cultivated a large botanic garden in Nuremberg and many of the specimens which are represented here are taken from plants grown in his own garden. The first title-page bears the monogram "H S" and the emblems have been attributed to Hans Sibmacher or Hans Schroder. The four parts were first published separately from 1590-1604 and this collected edition has a new general title-page dated 1605 and dedication, here bound at the end, while the four parts each have separate title-pages dated 1590, 1595, 1596 and 1604.

At then end of the volume is an additional engraved emblem pasted on the blank final leaf followed by Rollenhargen's Nucleus emblematum selectissimorum of Cologne 1611 with engraved title, portrait, [2] leaves and 100 circular emblems with engraved text by Crispyn de Passe the elder (dampstained). A second 'century' of emblems was later published in 1613 (see: Praz p. 476 & Landwehr 510). 

Provenance: Contemporary ownership inscription of 'Cambsfort?' on title and elsewhere, notes on pastedowns and endpapers presumably in his hand.

Title page with old repair to tear (no loss), lightly browned throughout, occasional damp staining.

Praz, p. 295. Landwehr 166. Hunt 181. Nissen, BBI 321 & ZBI 792/3.

Stock Code: 215909

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