Lot 967
  • 967

(Rubens, Peter Paul) — Philip Rubens

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2,000 - 3,000 USD
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13,750 USD
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Description

  • Electorum libri II. In quibus antiqui ritus, emendationes, censurae. Eiusdem ad Justum Lipsium Poematia. Antwerp, ex officina Plantiniana, Joannes Moretus, 1608
  • Ink, paper and cow
4to (10 1/4 x 7 1/8 in.; 260 x 1790 mm). Printer's device on title-page, woodcut initials, woodcut printer's device at end, four folding engraved plates by C. Galle, two engraved illustrations in the text; manuscript notes on first endpaper. Contemporary English calf, with gilt arms of Henry, Prince of Wales; rebacked, rubbed, laces missing. 

Provenance

Henry, Prince of Walers (armorial binding) — British Library (duplicate: stamp "Museum Britanicum" and "Duplicate. B.M. 1818" — Henry White, of Lichfeild (inscription "HENR. WHITE, LICHFEILD: MARTII XXVII, MDCCCXX"). acquisition: Bernard Quaritch, 1991 

Catalogue Note

First edition of Rubens' first illustrated book. 

Henry, Prince of Wales' copy. 

Prince Henry, eldest son of James I, was, during his short life (he died at 18), one of the most important patrons of the arts. Books from his library are uncommon on the market. 

The book is a study of aspects of Roman life and includes poems at the end, addressed to Justus Lipsius, mentor of Philip Rubens, Peter-Paul's older brother and a scholar-humanist of international repute. 

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