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Claude Paradin's "Devises héroïques" (Lyon: Jean de Tournes and Guillaume Gazeau, 1557); a book of emblems bound in gilt-tooled brown leather, with title page in woodcut border, dedication to Theode de Marzé, and series of 182 emblems with Latin motto, woodcut vignette, and explanatory text in French; the emblems include François I's salamander, Henri II's crescents, Louis XII's hedgehog, Emperor Charles V's columns, and other emblems related to various rulers; also include insignias of various chivalric orders (ordre de l'Etoile, Ordre de Saint-Michel, Golden Flecce, and others)
Letterpress and woodcut
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- 1557 (circa)
Height: 161 millimetres (sheet size)
Width: 112 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- First page annotated in brown ink: "the designs are most probably by Bernard Salomon, known as the Petit Bernard", most likely on the basis that Bernard Salomon was a close collaborator of Jean de Tournes, who published the book.
The book was first published in 1551; this ise the second, expanded, edition, published in 1557. The 1557 edition is illustrated with 182 emblems instead of 118 in the first edition; each emblem is accompanied by a text in French explaining it and identifying its user (if applicable); the French explanatory text was absent from the first edition, which only included emblems and Latin motto.
The emblems are taken from a variety of sources: heraldry, Roman coins, Biblical imagery (e.g. Moses' bronze serpent), chivalric orders etc.
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Associated Title: Devises héroïques
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