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STRADA, Jacobus.

Imperatorvm romanorvm

omnivm orientalivm et occidentalivm verissimae imagines ex antiqvis nvmismatis qvam fidelissime delineatae. Addita cvivsque viate descriptione ex thesauro Iacobi Stradae […]

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Zurich, Andreas Gessner, 1559

one of the most remarkable books of the Renaissance. This celebrated work contains 118 woodcut medallion portraits of the Roman and Roman-German emperors from Julius Caesar to Charles V. The woodcut borders surrounding the portraits are the largest ever cut for a book from a single block. The reverse of each portrait features the biography of the emperor depicted, within a woodcut border of putti, fruit, grotesques and arabesque ornaments. The first German edition of this book was published in 1558 by Gessner.

Jacobus Strada (1507-88) was an Italian polymath who served as the official artist and architect to three Hapsburg Holy Roman Emperors. He also worked as a goldsmith, numismatist, writer, merchant and collector; his collection of medals minted with the portraits of emperors was used in the production of the present work.

Andreas Gessner (1482 – 1568) was the son of a goldsmith from Nuremberg, but moved to Zurich

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Large folio. Title within woodcut vignette, 118 full-page woodcut medallion portraits by Rudolf Wyssenbach after Rudolf Manuel Deutsch, each within architectural woodcut border, pp. 128 text within woodcut boards, more than 100 figurative initials and ornamental grotesque decorations by Peter Flötner. Contemporary vellum; neat repairs, soiled, internally clean and fresh.


VD 16 I 98; Adams S 1957; Leemann/van Elck (Gessner) 57.

Stock ID:89615

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