1628 · Bologna
FIRST EDITION of this lively and richly illustrated emblem book, which often offers an interesting iconography on contemporary life in Bologna.
Giovanni Battista Coriolano and Oliviero Gatti, pupils of G.L. Valesio, are responsible for the majority of the illustrations. The engraved title and 26 of the emblems were engraved by Coriolano. The dedicatory plate and 52 of the emblems are the work of Gatti. The remaining plates were engraved by Agostino Parisini after Florio Maccio, a pupil of Lodovico Carracci.
Paolo Maccio (o Macchi o Mazzi), born in Modena, studied in Bologna, where he was later appointed professor in the local university. He published several orations and occasional texts related to academic life (cf. G. Tiraboschi, Biblioteca modenese, Modena, 1783-'86, III, pp. 103-104 AND VI, p. 131; see also S. Mazzetti, Repertorio di tutti i professori dell'Università e dell'Istituto delle Scienze di Bologna, Bologna, 1848, p. 207).
J. Landwehr, Romanic emblem books, Utrecht, 1976, no. 496; Catalogo unico, IT\ICCU\VEAE\002254; M. Praz, Studies in seventeenth-century Imagery, Rome, 1975, p. 409; Cicognara, no. 1913; A. Sorbelli, Storia della stampa in Bologna, Bologna, 1929, p. 140; L. Frati, Opere della bibliografia bolognese, Bologna, 1888-1889, no. 7447; L. Bolzoni & B. Allegranti, Con parola brieve e con figura: libri antichi di imprese e emblemi, Lucca, 2004, p. 48. (Inventory #: 6)