Richly illustrated and handsome book chronicling the coinage, religion, culture, and customs of the ancient Romans; authored by the 16th century renowned antique dealer Guillaume du Choul (known for his large ancient coin collection). Hundreds of medallions (coins) are illustrated; additionally there are many in-line illustrations, forty-six full-page illustrations of Roman customs, and two coat-of-arms of du Choul. A thoroughly enjoyable work to review.
This copy also has several delightful marginal drawing of fruit that add wonderfully to it, combined with the unique artistic wavy-blue wash along the text-block, the book has a tangible sense of renaissance flair.
While the book was printed in one publication, du Choul divided the work into two parts, with a second title page.
The first work is: Discours de la Religion des Anciens Romains.
The second work is: Discourse sur la Castrametation et Discipline Militaire d'iceux. Des Bains et Antiques Exercitations Grecques et Romains.
About the Printer -
Guillaume Rouille was one of the most prominent humanist bookseller-printers in 16th-century Lyon. He invented the pocket book format called the sextodecimo, printed with sixteen leaves to the folio sheet, half the size of the octavo format, and published many works of history and poetry as well as medicine, in addition to his useful compilations and handbooks.
Rouillé was born in Tours. Though he was a Frenchman, he served his apprenticeship in the Venetian printing-house of Gabriele Giolito de' Ferrari, and retained his connections with Venice as a source of texts after his arrival in Lyon around 1543.
Physical Attributes -
Measures approx. 23 x 17 x 4 cm, 4to. Vellum binding over boards (re-spined). Spine with five raised-bands, title in gilt, on dark morocco in one compartment. All edges with a blue wavy-wash. Renewed endpapers. Richly illustrated. Pagination - 339, indice/table/indice additional 27 leaves, 154, table additional 5 leaves. Collation - Z6, BB4, CC6, Tt4, Vv6.
See pictures. Strong and sturdy binding with sympathetic re-spine, matching in style and well-executed. Corner and edge wear, with some thumbing/soiling.
Later blank endpaper with long note about work in old hand, "(1581)", and trimmed 1" at bottom. Title with two tear repairs near bottom, one affecting the year printed, and small chip at top corner. Toning, and occasional fox spot throughout. Occasional thumb. Fore-edge toned more at first and last few leaves. P.11 3cm tear bottom margin. Chip at bottom margin of 17. Bottom corner of 99/100 trimmed, no text affected. Two ink spots on 265/266. Tear bottom margin 285, no text affected. Top corner of leaves at rear bumped causing dog-ear crease right at corner. Marginal fruit drawings (well-done, in an old hand) at rear 144 and 153.
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