Title L'Art des emblemes ou s'enseigne la morale par les figures de la fable, de l'histoire et de la Nature
Book Condition Very Good Minus
Edition First Edition
Size 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall
Publisher Paris R. J. B. de La Caille 1684
Seller ID 007782
Texte en français uniquement, pas en anglais. Première édition. Avec environ 355 illustrations de gravure sur bois d'emblèmes basés sur l'héraldique. This is not a bilingual edition. Text in French only, not in English. First edition. 7.25 x 4.75 inches. Brown tree calf binding, possibly contemporary but more likely late 18th century. Hubbed spine with six compartments, with gilt-stamped lettering and design. Small losses at spine head and tail, minor. Mild rubbing to the boards. The rounded corners are moderately bumped. The textblock feels firmly bound in although the hinges are cracked. All edges in a speckled red and brown pattern.  6-15, 415,  pages. With engraved vignette to title page, with headpieces, tailpieces and embellished capitals, and, most significantly, with approximately 355 woodcut illustrations of emblems. The pages display age toning and scattered spots of soiling, with some tidewater marks in the upper right corner of several pages. The handsome armorial bookplate of Theodore Pagan is on the front pastedown and a bookplate from Arthur Mullin is affixed to the opposite FEP. Else a clean and presentable copy. This is a handsome volume in remarkably good condition for its age. Rare in any condition. This volume is an early French emblem book; not a later edition of the author's "L'art des emblêmes," Lyon, l662, but a different work about emblems, their design and meaning. From Wikipedia: "Ménestrier [1631-1705] was a French heraldist, a member of the Society of Jesus [Jesuit], a numismatist and antiquary, and attendant of the royal court.... He composed numerous books on heraldry, in which he was one of the greatest authorities of his age.... Ménestrier maintained that we can know the essence of heraldry only from the sources from the age of living heraldry but he was also influenced by the heraldic view of his age."