4to (180 x 112 mm). Pagination: 204 leaves; , I-CCCXLVII, . Signatures: *(8); A-Z(4); AA-VV(4); A-E(4). Woodcut emblem of bull’s skull "Victoria ex labore, honesta et utilis," engraved oval portrait of Bocchi, and series of 150 emblematic engravings by Giulio Bonasone. Woodcut initials. Text in Latin and Greek. Dedicated to Cardinal Alexander Farnese. 19th-century green morocco, gilt, marbled endpapers, gilt edges; (intermittent very faint spotting, edges shaved close in table, otherwise good). From the collection of Charles Butler of Warren Wood Hatfield (bookplate) and William S. Hecksher (bookplate and signature). First edition of this major emblem work the Symbolicarum quaestionum de Universo genere by the socially ambitious Italian humanist writer Achille Bocchi; reprinted 1574. Bocchi’s moralistic and philosophical emblem book is celebrated for its structure, sophisticated content, and its well-articulated picturae conceived by Bolognese painter Giulio Bonasone (d. 1574). Each symbol in the book consists of a title, dedication, epigram, poem and engraving, some of which include Latin, Greek, and Hebrew inscriptions. The purpose of the emblem book can be gleaned from one of its inscriptions, "The significance of weighty things is shown by a picture. Whatever is hidden deeper becomes more apparent." Through likenesses, Bocchi produced a seemingly infinite chain of correspondences across the emblem book, whereby one symbol could be read as commentary of another. Bocchi’s emblems are notable for their genre-like settings, their historically plausible interpretations, their punctuated wit, and for conjuring up topics that might be pleasurable in moral conversation with peers. In line with his ancient and Socratic sources, Bocchi reinstated artistic personality in order to bind art and philosophy together and support a new paradigm of philosophical education. Bocchi’s work had a profound influence on later emblem writers, literary works, and artists. This edition has Bonasone’s popular introduction illustration of Socrates at a grave with a demon on his shoulder. The first edition remains rare, far more common is the second edition of 1574. This copy owned by eminent art historian William S. Heckscher. Adams B-2194; Brunet I: 1021; Heckscher & Sherman, Emblem Books in the Princeton University Library 107; Landwehr, Romanic 162; Mortimer, Italian 76; Praz, p. 276. N° de ref. de la librería JC14662
Título: Symbolicarum quaestionum de Universo genere,...
Editorial: Novae Academiae Bocchianae
Año de publicación: 1555
Condición del libro:Near Fine
Edición: First Edition.