G. Cacchi: Vico Equense, 1586.
1st Edition. Soft cover. Folio - over 12 - 15" tall. Very Good. Item #003463
Folio (325 x 230 mm). , 265 (i.e. 272) pp. Title with full-size engraving including a portrait of the author, full-page engraving of dedicatee, 85 engraved illustrations throughout (several repeated, 4 full-page), woodcut historiated initials, head- and tailpieces, some mis-paginations. Signatures: **2 A-Ll4. Contemporary limp vellum with yapp edges, spine lettered in manuscript, original untouched endpapers (binding weak and partially broken with some gatherings working loose, vellum soiled, spotted and darkened). Text little browned, occasional minor spotting and foxing, title slightly dust- and finger soiled, two small dampstains to upper margin of f. A2, ff. C2-3 uncut, somewhat smaller in size, with edge-fraying and tipped to facing pages, clean tear in ff. I1 and L1, binding partially broken, ink annotations in contemporary hand (showing minor ink corrosion in places), brown stain to pp. 191-99 and 240-44. Still very good copy. ----
Norman 1723; Garrison-Morton 150; NLM/Durling 3720; Wellcome I, 5196; Mortimer 398; DSB XI, 97. FIRST EDITION. "Della Porta preceded Lavater in attempting to estimate human character by the features. This is one of the first works on the ancient 'science' of physiognomy to be extensively illustrated" (Garrison & Morton 150). The neat engravings mostly with comparative representations of human and animal physiognomy. The title is designed with a large portrait medallion, surrounded by animal and human heads in an architectural setting. The portrait shows Cardinal L. d'Este, to whom the work is dedicated. The full-page engravings (both repeated) illustrate male and female nudes. - Visit our website to see more images!
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