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Barthélemy Aneau's Imagination poétique,
Macé Bonhomme, 1552

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This description is based on Entry F.084 in Alison Adams, Stephen Rawles, Alison Saunders, A Bibliography of French Emblem Books (Geneva: Droz, 1999-2002).

Reproduced by kind permission of Librarie Droz.

GUL: sm97_a1r. Actual page height: 162mm.
GUL: sm97_a1r. Actual page height: 162mm.

8o: A-K8 [$5 (-A1, B5) signed] 80 leaves, pages numbered [1-2] 3-159 [1]. [Gather-ing K signed k; misnumbering 148 as 841; 15 numbered at innner margin.]


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A1ro: title; A1vo: privilege: dated 29 August 1552; A2ro: dedication: Aneau to Jean Antoine Gros, dated 8 September 1552, ends A3ro; A3vo: ‘Preface de cause’, ends A4vo; A5ro: emblems begin, and end K6vo; K7ro: ‘Accessoire d’aucunes choses memorables advenues à Lyon’, by Aneau, ends K8ro; K8vo: colophon: ‘Imprimé à Lyon par Macé Bonhomme’.


101 emblems, with title, woodcut and verse, with ornaments used to fill in blank spaces at the end of verses. The emblem ‘missing’ here compared with the Latin edition is ‘Amfilhyas’. Each emblem begins on a new page; some emblems have more than 1 woodcut. Text in roman, with key words in capitals, 82mm for 20 lines.

GUL: SM97: B8r. Actual page height: 162mm.
GUL: SM97: B8r. Actual page height: 162mm.


Praz, p. 256; Landwehr, 117.

Copies located

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Fra AiBM
Fra *BeBM (2 copies, 1 incomplete);
Fra *BN (3 copies, of which one lacks D5)
Fra CaeBM
Fra *LBM
Fra LiBM
Fra *PBArs (2 copies)
Fra *PBMa (2 copies)
FRG *MSB (2 copies)
USA *MH (lacks K7-8)


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