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Modern Hieyoglypics [sic] of The Apocalypse and Great Pyramid, A Watcher [probably a Mrs. Worsley]
1 A Watcher [probably a Mrs. Worsley] Modern Hieyoglypics [sic] of The Apocalypse and Great Pyramid
London Jones & Cuthbertson 1878 First Edition Decorated Cloth Very Good 
A quirky, present-time take on the Book of Revelations and its apocalyptic prophecies, with imagery that is minutely conceived, detailed, and paradoxically, rather cheery notwithstanding its grim intent. The work might fairly be categorized as an emblem book. Given the highly symbolic nature of Revelations, even to the literalist, this is scarcely a stretch. In terms of actual content, the book purports to predict events that will befall mankind in the near future -- four years into the future from 1878 and the Congress of Berlin as a starting date. To what degree the author actually believed in the predictions is open to question, although there can be no doubt that she did believe in fundamental truths informing the predictions, and the intricate marshalling of her points suggests ardent conviction. For us, however silly or profound we might consider the narrative, the visual entertainment of the vivid illustrations is immediate and undying. Oblong folio-sized, measuring 16 by 13 inches, 41 by 33 cm. Each of the ten hand-colored plates is accompanied by a page of text that provides an expository explanation of the plate and a section directly quoting from Revelations. Quite scarce, with only four institutional holdings turning up on OCLC. Rebacked with a darker blue cloth that blends well with the boards. Scuffs on the boards and moderate to heavy edgewear. Some light finger soiling within; otherwise, generally clean. 
Price: 950.00 USD
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Evangeliorum Dominicalium Summaria sanctorumq historiae, paucissimis verbis expressae:  iuxta Kalendarium Romanum; cum iconibus in aere excusis., Borcht, Petrus van der, engraver.  Paul Uten Waele, designer.
2 Borcht, Petrus van der, engraver. Paul Uten Waele, designer. Evangeliorum Dominicalium Summaria sanctorumq historiae, paucissimis verbis expressae: iuxta Kalendarium Romanum; cum iconibus in aere excusis.
Antwerp Christophe Plantin 1584 Full Calf Good 
Scarce miniature emblem book, with only three copies located on OCLC First Search. 32mo. 112 by 58 mm. Two parts in one. Content only on rectos, but pagination also on versos. 464, 111 pp. In total, 285 copperplate engravings, essentially emblems, each about two-thirds of the page, with a heading above, and a short text, or long caption, beneath, the vignette image. Images are of scenes from the life of Christ and the New Testament or from the lives of the saints, with ordering in accordance with saints' days on the calendar. Chips of some size at both the head and tail of the spine, and overall dryness to the spine leather. Front joint's leather is eaten through. Other leather loss at corners and less so, along edges. Within, at least one tear repaired on the first emblem leaf. Otherwise, the leaves are age toned but mostly clean besides. Some minor dog earring here and there. 
Price: 1875.00 USD
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Sinnreiche Werke und Gedichte, Aus dem Niederlandischen ubersetzt (Six parts in three volumes), Cats, Jacob
3 Cats, Jacob Sinnreiche Werke und Gedichte, Aus dem Niederlandischen ubersetzt (Six parts in three volumes)
Hamburg Thomas von Wierings 1710 - 1714 Full Vellum Very Good 
An emblem book from a Dutch master! 8vo. Abundantly illustrated, with 39 engraved plates, eight of which are folding and 168 text engravings. The set includes Cats' most famous and beloved works, some of which became deeply etched into the national consciousness, including "Sinn und Liebes=Bildern", "Josephs Selbst Streit", Der Mannlichen Achtbarkeit", "Heuraht", "Galathea", "Spiegel der alten und neuen Zeit", "Frau=Ring" containing "Der Welt Anfang/Mittel und Ende", "Alterthum/Land und Garten=Leben", "Aspasia", Primarily in German, with some Latin. Some soiling to the contemporary vellum, which nonetheless is bright and attractive. A few trivial closed tears, and minor cracking to the spine(s). All volumes tight and generally clean. 
Price: 3750.00 USD
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Het Voorhof der Ziele, De Hooghe, Romein, illustrator.  Hoogstraeten, Frans Van
4 De Hooghe, Romein, illustrator. Hoogstraeten, Frans Van Het Voorhof der Ziele
Rotterdam Fransois van Hoogstraeten 1668 Full Vellum Very Good 
4to. 18.5 by 14 cm. [16], 199, [9] pp. With title and 60 additional high Baroque copper engravings, slightly over half-page in size, by de Hooghe. Landwehr 325. Each emblem with a Dutch caption and either Latin or Spanish (one in Italian) caption as well, followed by Dutch verse. The title might be translated as "Fore-court of Souls". This was the first book illustrated by de Hooghe. Contemporary or near contemporary vellum. Large tornado shaped stain on rear board top to bottom. A few more modest stains elsewhere on binding, and some light soiling. Occasional stains within. One leaf with big bite out of margin, not touching text. Several leaves in beginning and end with rough edges. Otherwise predominantly clean beyond expected age toning. 
Price: 2800.00 USD
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Idea de un Principe Politico Christiano Reresentada en cien empresas, de Saavedra Faxardo, Don Diego (1584-1648)
5 de Saavedra Faxardo, Don Diego (1584-1648) Idea de un Principe Politico Christiano Reresentada en cien empresas
Amsterdam Ioh. Ianssonium Iuniorem 1659 Vellum Very Good 
12mo., 14 by 8 cm. [24, ]835 pp., with 103 emblems plus title illustration sharply and minutely etched, and including title. This is more than title suggests. Text proper has in actuality 101 symbols and thus emblems, plus there is an additional emblem in the prelims and one at the end of the work. This is a Latin translation of the Spanish original. The contemporary vellum has some soiling, especially where creased on the spine, but still attractive and a bright patina survives. A light dampstaining affects some leaves. Overall the leaves are Pages 793/4 have an archival repair of a smallish closed tear. 
Price: 1450.00 USD
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Arabesques Mythologiques, ou les Attributs de Toutes les Divinites de la Fable Ouvrage fait pour servir a l'education de la Jeunesse, Genlis, Stephanie Felicite Comtesse de
6 Genlis, Stephanie Felicite Comtesse de Arabesques Mythologiques, ou les Attributs de Toutes les Divinites de la Fable Ouvrage fait pour servir a l'education de la Jeunesse
Paris Chez Charles Barrois 1810 First Edition Quarter Morocco, Marbled Boards Very Good 
8vo. 22 by 13 cm. xxx, 166 pp. With 54 color plates. The plates are color stipple engravings finished by hand. The plates are of elaborate decorative iconology, much of which is tantamount to classic trophies, with interesting juxtapositions of botanical, zoological, figurative and inanimate objects. These arrangements range from just a few elements to extravagant visual cornupcopias. Each of these illustrations relates to a character out of mythology, and the text explains directly and indirectly the connection. In essence, then, the book is an updated version of the then hoary emblem book, but one that is particularly curious inasmuch as its presumed target audience was children, and such a heavy dose of decorative emblems surely was not typical fare for such readers. On the other hand, one can imagine architects and designers of the era mining the illustrations for inspiration in terra cotta relief, doree mounts and other expressions of decorative exuberance. Gumuchian 2699. Scattered soiling and light foxing. Moderate wear to the cover. 
Price: 1500.00 USD
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Doctrine des Moeurs, Qui Represents en Cent Tableaux, Gomberville, Marin Le Roy de
7 Gomberville, Marin Le Roy de Doctrine des Moeurs, Qui Represents en Cent Tableaux
Paris A. Soubron 1683 Full Calf Very Good 
[14],412 pp. + 100 emblem plates, all full page. 12mo., 6 by 4 inches. Decorative devices, head and foot pieces throughout in the form of bouquets, friezes, vases, baskets, as well as decorated letter at the beginning of each section (100 in all). Plates are wonderful baroque woodcuts each illustrating a moral. This would appear to be a second or third edition, the first being in 1646. Brunet II 1658, who describes the work as "now a bit rare", mentions a 1684 edition without citing this earlier one (and clearly meaning a different edition). Graesse III 114 mentions a 1681 edition without detail and thus this might essentially be. Tight. With some light scattered soilage, but overall impression is clean other than on some of the plates a prior owner wrote Latin translations of the maxims beneath the printed captions -- never affecting the pictorial image. Also old handwritten cursive notes on title and blank verso. Attractively rebound in full modern calf with green and red spine labels. 
Price: 1500.00 USD
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Andrea Alciati and His Book of Emblems.  A Biographical and Bibliographical Study., Green, Henry
8 Green, Henry Andrea Alciati and His Book of Emblems. A Biographical and Bibliographical Study.
London Trubner & Co. 1872 First edition Cloth Very Good Minus 
8vo. 22.5 by 14.5 cm. xvi, 344 pp. The standard work on Alciati, this being the original edition. Orange boards with coal-ish film on spine and by joints. Slight cocking to the text block. Clean leaves. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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Vorsteliicke Warande der Dieren. De Helden Godes des Ouwden Verbonds.  De Heerlyckheyd van Salomon.  Hierusalem Verwoest.  De Vernieuwde Gulden Winckel der Kunstlievende Nederlands. (Five works bound in one), Van den Vondel, Joost.  Emblems by Marcus Gheeraerts, G. de Jode, etc.
9 Van den Vondel, Joost. Emblems by Marcus Gheeraerts, G. de Jode, etc. Vorsteliicke Warande der Dieren. De Helden Godes des Ouwden Verbonds. De Heerlyckheyd van Salomon. Hierusalem Verwoest. De Vernieuwde Gulden Winckel der Kunstlievende Nederlands. (Five works bound in one)
Amsterdam D. Pietersz 1617-1622 First Edition (except the last work which is a second) Full Calf Very Good 
Vorsteliicke Warande with 125 half-page copper engraved emblem plates; De Helden Godes, with vignette title and 38 copper engraved biblical emblems; De Wiernieuwde Gulden Winckel with vignette title and 73 half-page copper engraved biblical emblems. The two other works with vignett title and letterpieces. Emblems of Vorteliicke Warande especially charming, with most portraying animals with anthropomorphic brio. Landwehr 886, 877. This set has bookplate from Landwehr and was his personal copy. Calf spine dry and rough. Joints dry, rubbed and cracked. Interior is tight and attractive. 
Price: 8500.00 USD
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