1553 Promptuaire des Medalles - 400+ portrait medallions with biographies


An ambitious work, by an ambitious mind. The prodigious 16th century printer Guillaume Roiulle (Lyon) prepared this work, a collection of more than four hundred medallions (portraits) with a brief biography of each person, mostly taken from famous works and authors ("bons auteurs"). As with his publishing feats, Roiulle experienced good success with this endeavor, and more editions were issued; this is (likely) the first French edition, but bibliographies list the Latin edition of 1553 as the true first.

Both volume one and two are bound into this volume.

Physical Attributes -

Measures approx. 24 x 16.5 x 3.5 cm. Marbled paper boards with a leather spine; Spine has the title and some decoration in gilt. Marbled endpapers. Pages - Title, a1-a4, a5=1 to 175, (2), Part two title = page 1, to page 248, 6 pages of a table at rear.

Condition -

See pictures. Binding well worn, with edge and shelf wear; joints are cracking, with spine leather dryish and crazing/cracking. Marbled inner hinges/endpapers seem to be ok/not cracked. Title page has name, moisture mark, and a corner repair. Moisture mark along the fore-edge which does come into the text, to page 117. Page edges repaired to page 11. Spots on 3, 21, 33-35, 109, 165-169. Notes/annotations/doodling on 5, 38-39, 47-48, 175, 219, colophon. Page edge repairs on 209, 223, 225, 238, 239. Two sheets missing, v.1, 15/16 and v.2, 241/242. A good working copy, but far from perfect, with some fun doodles in an old hand.

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