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Title-page with title written in a rectangle at centre, surrounded by an allegorical scene representing 'the revival of the antique', a bust of a veiled personification ('Antiquity') with a phoenix at top centre, personifications of Time and Death in top right corner hurling figures representing several monarchies (Rome, Macedonia, Media, Persia) into a cave ('Time'), while Mercury on left side and pulling broken statues of Greek and Roman leaders out of the cave, Hercules above him and handing a pot with coins to a slave, Athena in top left corner; proof before letters; after Peter Paul Rubens; title to Hubert Goltzius's "Romanae et Graecae Antiquitatis Monumenta" (Antwerp: 1645)
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- 1645 (c.)
Height: 302 millimetres (trimmed)
Width: 200 millimetres
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- This is the title-page to the entire publication of five volumes "Romanae et Graecae Antiquitatis Monumenta", published in 1645 by the Plantin Press in Antwerp. For a lettered state of this title-page see 1858,0417.1244.
After Goltzius' death, between 1617 and 1620, the numismatist Jacques de Bie re-published three of Goltzius' works and he added a fourth volume containing previously unpublished material by Goltzius. The unsold copies of these books were eventually bought by Peter Paul Rubens who sold them to Balthasar Moretus I around 1630, together with the copper-plates. Balthasar Moretus I decided to publish a new edition around 1633, but they were only published under his successor Balthasar Moretus II in 1645.
This 1645 edition contained five volumes, consisting of four works by the numismatist Hubert Goltzius (previously published during his lifetime between 1557 and 1576), supplemented with a fifth volume (which was probably already started under Balthasar Moretus I).
This fifth volume, titled "Icones Imperatorum Romanorum" contains 160 biographies of emperors (419 pages of letterpress text), each illustrated with a woodcut portrait by Christoffel Jegher (the designs were previously erroneously attributed to Rubens; Rooses 1274). The BM also has impressions of the title-page of this fifth volume, see 1858,0417.1235-1236 and 1895,1031.471.
The BM holds two sets of this last volume: a bound German edition containing two-colour woodcuts over etchings (shelfmark 209*.a.3) and a set which was broken up (see e.g. 1891,0414.959-961 and 1982,U.3092-3166).
For an overview of the publication of Goltzius's works see also Corpus Rubenianum XXI, cat.nos.82-83, pp.334-343 and Willy Le Loup, 'Hubertus Goltzius en Brugge, 1583-1983', exh.cat. Gruuthusemuseum, Bruges, 1983, pp.77-78.
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Associated Title: Romanae et Graecae antiquitatis monumenta ex priscis numismatibus eruta (Antwerp, 1645)
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