Vestustissimae tabulae aeneae sacris Aegyptiorum simulachris coelatae accurata explicatio. Venice: Giovanni Antonio Rampazetto for Giacomo Franco, 1605
4to (218 x 141mm.), engraved printer's device (a view of Venice) on title-page, woodcut illustrations (some full-page), 12 double-page and folding engraved plates, later half calf, binding slightly rubbed
FIRST EDITION of Pignorio's description of the bronze Mensa Isiaca, or Bembine Tablet (because once owned by Pietro Bembo), probably dating to the second century AD, which was thought to depict the rites of the goddess Isis. It was also thought to be a key to the interpretation of hieroglyphics and was used by various scholars including Athanasius Kircher. Unlike Kircher's and other later interpretations, Pignorio's analysis was more archaeological than occult.
Joaquin de Yrizar, bookplate
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