1221. [Bible - Illustrations]

[HOLBEIN, Hans II]

Icones historiarum veteris testamenti, ad vivum expressae, extremaque diligentia emendatiores factae, Gallicis in expositione homoeoteleutis, ac versuum ordinibus (qui prius turbati, ac impares) suo numero restituis.

Lyon, J. Frellon, 1547

4to: [52] ff. (occ. minor soiling).

Dark green morocco signed Bauzonnet, covers with gilt coat of arms and ruled with a triple gilt fillet, gilt orn. spine with 6 raised bands, gilt inside dentelles, a.e.g. (sl rubbed). Very good copy.

First edition or first issue (?) with the date 1547, after the original of 1538. Illustrated with 98 fine woodcuts depicting 94 biblical scenes, after Hans Holbein II (ca. 1497-1543), and the Four Evangelists from another artist. Each woodcut is accompanied by a Latin text and a French quatrain by Gilles Corrozet (1510-1568). With a Latin preface by Nicolas Bourbon (ca. 1503-1550) revealing the name of Holbein the Younger and a French preface by Corrozet ended by his motto "Plus que moins" (more than less). This edition contains 6 woodcuts more than the original of 1538. Printer's mark on title.
Ref. Baudrier V:209. - Mortimer, French, 282 (2nd edition or issue). - STC French (BL) 68. - Bibles Paris 1259. - USTC 79186.
Prov. Aldophe Audenet (1800-1872), banker and book collector (coat of arms on covers). - [Georges Petit].

€ 5.000 / 6.000

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