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Lot nr:502
Book nr:32218
Author:GAMBARA, Lorenzo (1496-1586)
Title:Rerum sacrarum liber. Cum argumentis Jacobi Pacti Siculi Mamertini
Town:Antwerp
Publisher:Christopher Plantin
Year:1577
Description:4to, 194, [1] pp. Engraved title border after Bernard(in)o Passaro (or Passeri)i with coat of arms of Poper Gregory XIII and the cardinals Aless. Farnese and Ant. Perenotto, 54 engravings in cartouche representing religious scenes and fight against the Turks of varying dimensions in text, probably also after the Italian artist Bernardo Passaro, and one engraving (The raising of Lazarus, without cartouche) on p. 88 by Joannes Wierix after Pieter van der Borcht. The engraving on p. 160 is repeated on p. 191. Some marg. dampstaining. A few tears skillfully repaired, without loss. Modern brown buckram, all edges gilt, red title piece on spine
Note:Ref. Voet, 1235; Adams, G-186; Belg. Typ., 1226; Machiels, G-74.
Rare original edition of Lorenzo Gambara's collection of neo-Latin religious poems, each dedicated to a prominent prelate. Each poem, with but a few exceptions, starts with a short 'argumentum' and has an illustration adapted to the text. Each poem on a saint or religious feast is dedicated to a prelate. As pointed out in letters by Plantin, the plates were made in Italy by an unknown engraver probably after the designs of the Roman painter Bernardo Passaro whose name figures on the title page, and shipped to Antwerp. Lorenzo Gambara was an Italian humanist; he had spent most of his life in service of Cardinal Alessandro Farnese and Pope Gregory XIII. He was a prolific poet and translator of Greek lyric poetry
Price:€600 - €900
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