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Book Number 2892 
Author Hubert Goltzius 
Title Icones imperatorum romanorum, ex priscis numismatibus ad viuum delineatae, & breui Narratione. . . 
Date 1645 
Publisher Casperii Gevartii 
Place of Publication Antwerp 
Edition New edition (after the 1557 1st edition) 
Volume Information  
Cover Contemporary full calf, spine with 7 densely gilt compartments of raised bands, gilt lettering on two, all edges speckled red. Ornate gilt edging.  
Illustration Superbly engraved title by Cornelius Galle after Peter Paul Rubens. Elaborate initials, 160 numbered portraits, 9 of which have been left blank and were not completed by the printer. Also 7 are numbered as two because two faces are found within one oval. In total there are 144 actual Chiaroscuro plates (a deep brown background with white highlights making these plates particularly striking and unusual.) The portraits are of the various empeorors of Rome from Julius Ceaser onwards. The plates of this 1645 edition were engraved by Christian Jegher (a prominent German engraver who worked in Holland) to which he added some additional plates. 
Size Small folio 
Condition Occasional faint browning otherwise a very good to fine example of this important book 
Provenance  
Pagination P. half-title, blank, engraved title, blank, v-xiv, (2), 1-423, (3), printer’s imprint. 
Reference Cicognara 2868; Brunet II, 1653; Funck 324 
Translation Info  
Notes Chiaroscuro printing is rare, it was designed to make a print look like a renaissance wash drawing, and was in fact early colour printing using 2 or 3 closely related shades. Important book on Roman medals and coins which illustrates handsome portraits of Roman emperors.  
Price (US$) 5000  
Short Description Book Antiquities General;Book Plate Books General; 
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