Icones Veteris Testamenti; Illustrations Of The Old Testament, Engraved On Wood, From Designs By Hans Holbein. [Publisher’s device after Aldus]
by [Holbein, Hans, the Younger] Dibdin, Thomas Frognall.
8vo. London: William Pickering, 1830. 8vo, 188 leaves, [1-5] 6-14 (360) (=376 pp.). With 90 wood engravings after Holbein by John and Mary Byfield. Original red/pink silk somewhat worn, section within foxed or stained, withal a decent copy of a great rarity. Enclosed in a red morocco pull-off box. Large-paper copy of the first edition with an introduction by Dibdin. Limited to 12 copies of which three are known today including this one. Jackson states 12 large-paper copies on india paper; published at one guinea. The Rylands copy is in calf-backed red silk. The Old Testament text accompanying each engraving is in five languages. The advertisement in vol.II of the Pickering Aldine Poets 1830, includes the note, ‘Dr. Dibdin has given five specimens of the wood cuts in his Bibliographical Decameron, vol. i. 174-180, where will be found a copious account of this work.’ Windle and Pippin A50a. Jackson 73. Pirie copy with his bookplate and a note at the front that this and a copy on vellum were both lost after he purchased them -- the vellum copy has never been found. (Inventory #: 107176)
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