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Theodore de Bèze's Emblemes from his
Les vrais pourtraits des hommes illustres [...]
plus, quarante quatre emblemes chrestiens
,
Geneva,
Jean de Laon, 1581


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This description is based on Entry F.105 in Alison Adams, Stephen Rawles, Alison Saunders, A Bibliography of French Emblem Books (Geneva: Droz, 1999-2002).

Reproduced by kind permission of Librarie Droz.

GUL: sm161_index2r. Actual page height: 193mm.
GUL: sm161_index2r. Actual page height: 193mm.

Collation

4o: (...)4 A-Z4 Aa-Nn4 [$3 (- (...)1, Z3) signed] 148 leaves, pages numbered [8] [1] 2- 284 [4]. [Misnumbering 70 as 60, 97 as 67, 132 as 116, 213 as 113, 216 as 116.] [Variants: Missigning M2 as M (Fra VBM); S1 as Ii, S3 as Iiij (UKi GU (1 copy)); 6 unnumbered (Fra BN, UKi ENLS (1 copy), UKi GU (1 copy)); 46 as 64 (UKi GU (1 copy)); 55 unnumbered (UKi GU (1 copy), UKi OB); 88 as 8 (Fra BN, USA ICN); 2 of 162 inverted (Aus VOENB (both copies), FRG WHAB, Net LUB, UKi CFM, UKi GU (all copies), UKi OCCC, USA CMalG, USA CSmH, USA DLC, USA ICN, USA NjP); 199 as 919 (Aus VOENB (1 copy)); 214 as 114, 215 as 115 (Aus VOENB (1 copy), Fra BN, Fra VBM, Net LUB, UKi CU, UKi ENLS (both copies), UKi GU (1 copy), UKi OB, UKi OCCC, USA ICN); 2 of 244 inverted (Aus VOENB (1 copy), Fra VBM, UKi ENLS (1 copy), UKi GU (1 copy), UKi OB, UKi OCCC, USA ICN); 281 as 218 (Aus VOENB (both copies), Fra BN, Fra VBM, Net LUB, UKi BL, UKi CFM, UKi GU (2 copies), UKi OB, USA CMalG, USA CSmH, USA NjP).]

Fingerprint

onse X.zà tse, Avte 3 M.D.LXXXI.

Contents

(...)1ro: title [Variant: no place of publication (Aus VOENB (both copies), Fra BN, UKi BL, UKi ENLS (1 copy), UKi GU (2 copies), USA ICN, USA NjP)]; (...)1vo: woodcut portrait of James VI of Scotland; (...)2ro: dedication: Bèze to James VI of Scotland, ends (...)4vo; A1ro: half-title for first section of ‘Vrais pourtraicts’, end Gg4vo; Hh1ro: emblems begin, and end Nn2vo; Nn3ro: index of names, ends Nn4ro; Nn4ro: translator’s note: ‘SGS Au Lecteur’, ends Nn4vo; Nn4vo: errata.

Layout

44 emblems, beginning Hh1ro, one per page, with woodcut in frame followed by verse in italic, 58mm for 10 lines. The woodcuts are those used in the 1580 Latin edition (F.104).

GUL: SM161: Mm3v. Actual page height: 193mm.
GUL: SM161: Mm3v. Actual page height: 193mm.

Remarks

This work was subject to correction: in some copies the woodcut for emblem 43 is pasted over a woodcut printed in error; in some copies the portrait of Diaz (on Gg4ro) is incorrectly substituted for that of Wolmar (on T2vo); there is evidence from variation of signature position that corrections were made to the text during the course of printing, and this is borne out by the variants of pagination.

References

Praz, pp. 270-271; Landwehr, 159-159a.

Copies located

A List of Library symbols can be found here.

Aus *VOENB (2 copies)
Den *CKB
Fra AiBM
Fra *BeaBM
Fra *BenBMV
Fra *BN
Fra *DiBM
Fra *LBM (3 copies)
Fra LuBM
Fra NevBM
Fra OrBM
Fra PBS
Fra ToCESR
Fra *VBM
FRG GNSUB
FRG *WHAB (2 copies, 1 lost)
Net *LUB
Swe SKB
UKi *BiU (imperfect)
UKi *BL
UKi *CFM
UKi *CU
UKi *ENLS (2 copies)
UKi *GU (4 copies, one deficient)
UKi *OB
UKi *OCCC
UKi OHA
UKi OMeC
USA *CMalG
USA *CSmH (2 copies, 1 fragmentary)
USA CtY
USA *DLC
USA GEU
USA *ICN
USA *NjP
USA NIC
USA NNC
USA NWiW-C

 

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