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More than 550 emblems explained

LA FEUILLE, Daniel de.
Essay d'un dictionnaire contenant la connoissance du monde, des sciences universelles, et particulierement celle des medailles, des passions, des moeurs, des vertus et des vices, &c. Representé par des figures hyerogliphiques, expliquées en prose & en vers.
Wesel, Jacobus van Wesel, 1700. 4to. With engraved frontispiece and 48 engraved plates (incl. 2 double-page). Contemporary half calf, gold-tooled spine.
€ 1,250
First edition, Wesel issue, of an extensive collection of emblems compiled by Daniel de la Feuille (ca. 1640-1706). The text leaves explain all the emblems displayed in the plates, and each explanation is preceded by a four-line verse in French. The first plate is an engraved title-page, followed by 9 plates with 4 emblems, each accompanied by a banderole with a motto in Latin. Next are 36 plates with 15 small circular emblems with a Latin word within the emblem. They show allegorical and symbolic depictions of words and concepts like logic, freedom, humility, blood, the seasons, the months etc. Also included are two double-page plates with 65 portraits of French kings.
With bookplate and library stamps. Slightly browned with some occasional spots and foxing. Binding chafed at corners and hinges cracked. Overall a good copy.
Adams, Rawles and Saunders F.362; Landwehr, Emblem and fable books, 437; Praz, p. 393.
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