Eric Chaim Kline, Bookseller

Eric Chaim Kline, Bookseller

Virorum illustrium ex ordine eremitarum D. Augustini elogia cum singulorum expressis ad vivum iconibus (Biographies of Illustrious Members of the Augustinian Order, with Individual Portraits)

Antwerp: Jan Cnobbaert, 1636. First edition. Hardcover. Small quarto. [16], 288pp.; engraved title page; 30 full-page engraved portraits; woodcut ornaments throughout. Contemporary vellum (lightly soiled). Edges stained red; early manuscript title and later library label at spine; faded early library entry at top margin title. Mild traces of use and a few occidation spots. A very good, amply-margined copy.

Collation: a-b4, A-Nn4 (= 152 leaves).

First Edition of this collection of biographies, including the published works of famous members of the Augustian order, illustrated with thirty beautifully engraved full-page portraits by Cornelius Galle after the drawings of Jacque Francquart. The splendid title-page was designed Peter Paul Rubens. The portraits include Aurelius Augustinus, Thomas de Villanova, Bonaventura Patavinus, Albertus Patavinus, Paulus Venetus, Onophrius Panvinius, and Joannes Puteanus. In his portrait, Cornelius de Bye sports a pair of reading glasses with large, round frames. The author, Cornelis de Corte (1590?-1638), was himself an Augustinian and served as counselor to Holy Roman emperor Ferdinand II. He authored a brief exegetical treatise on the Passion of Christ and an account of the life of Saint Rita de Cassia. The present example of Rubens title-page production is notable as it does not appear in Julius S. Held's extensive exhibition catalogue, (Rubens and the Book, Title Pages by Peter Paul Rubens, Williamstown, MA: 1977). Very Good. Item #49137

References: Funk 299: "belle gravures"; Hollstein VII, 11; STCV 6680844; Corpus Rubiniarum p. 68, illus., 23 (for title-page).

Price: $1,250.00

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