RICHARDSON, George. Iconology; or, a collection of emblematical figures, moral and instructive.
Exhibiting the images of the elements and celestial bodies, the seasons and months of the year, the hours of the day and night, the quarters of the world, the principal rivers, the four ages… Illustrated by a variety of Authorities from Classical Authors, Selected and composed from…. Ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans, and from the compositions of Cavaliere Cesare Ripa.

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EMBLEMATA – RICHARDSON, George.  Iconology; or, a collection of emblematical figures, moral and instructive. Exhibiting the images of the elements and celestial bodies, the seasons and months of the year, the hours of the day and night, the quarters of the world, the principal rivers, the four ages… Illustrated by a variety of Authorities from Classical Authors, Selected and composed from…. Ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans, and from the compositions of Cavaliere Cesare Ripa. London, Printed for the Author, 1778-1779. 2 Bände. Folio. 1 nn. Bl., gestochenes Widmungsblatt, 5 nn. Bl., VII, 113 S.; 3 nn. Bl., 161 S., 1 nn. Bl., mit 109 Kupfertafeln. Halbleder im Stil der Zeit mit leichter Rückenvergoldung und Rückentitel, (minimal angestaubt).

Erste und einzige Ausgabe. – Seltenes emblematisches Werk, das auf der “Iconologia” des Cesare Ripa von 1593 basiert. Die Tafeln zeigen meist 4 emblematische Figuren auf einem Blatt. – Teils etwas gebräunt (Band 2 am Anfang stärker betroffen), stellenweise leicht fleckig. // 2 volumes. 1 nn. l., engraved dedication leave, 5 nn. ll., VII, 113 pp.; 3 nn. ll., 161 pp., 1 nn. l., with 109 engraved plates. Half-calf in contemporary style with slight gilding and title on spine, (minimal dusty). – First and only edition. – Rare emblematic work based on the “Iconologia” by Cesare Ripa of 1593. The plates mostly are showing 4 emblematic figures on one sheet. – Partly somewhat browned (volume 2 more affected at the beginning), in places slightly spotted.

Kulturgeschichte, Emblemata, Kunstgeschichte