Engraved title with a bust of Anne of Autriche & 20 full-page engravings in the text of portraits of famous women. Woodcut printer's device on printed title. , 452,  pp. (lacking the two final blanks) 18mo, later 18th-cent. French red morocco, sides richly panelled in gilt, flat spine richly gilt, a.e.g. Leyden: J. Elsevier; Paris: C. Angot, 1660. A handsomely bound copy of the attractive Elsevier edition of Le Moyne's highly popular collection of biographical accounts of famous women. Twenty women are featured in the book and in each case a biographical portrait is followed by a eulogy and a discussion of the moral issued which her particular brand of courage or virtue exemplified. Of the twenty women, ten are Jewish, five Roman, and five modern. Le Moyne (1602-71), was a Jesuit priest and poet. Very fine and large copy. The first edition appeared in 1647. ❧ Brunet, III, 974. Willems 864-"Ce volume quand il est grand de marges et bien conservé, se vend fort cher." . (Inventory #: HillBibl-5196)
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