Small 8vo, 11 x 8 cm, pp. 272 with 172 woodcuts depicting emblems illustrating the text in Latin and Greek. Parchment binding, red edges, Jesuit brand on the title page.
In fair condition, intact cover, title page with old restoration at the top, pp. 129-160 and 193-224 slightly browned, small restorations at the edges outside the printed area, overall in good condition and perfectly legible (see photos).
The only ancient treatise on Egyptian hieroglyphics that survived until today, it is the work of Horapollo, perhaps a pagan priest who taught in Menouthis at the end of the 5th century.
The treatise, brought to Florence by Cristoforo Buondelmonti in 1422, was translated into Latin in the second half of the fifteenth century by Giorgio Valla (in the codex Vat. lat. 3898) and first printed by Manutius, in Greek, in 1505.
The Renaissance Platonic-hermetic tradition was deeply influenced by this work, whose spreading contributed to the birth of the myth of Egypt and its mysterious writing in European culture.
Praz, p. 374; Graesse, III,375 (16th-century editions only)
- Aantal boeken
- Emblematisch, hiërogliefen
- Auteur/ Illustrator
- Horapollo (V sec. d.C.)
- Hori Apollinis Selecta Hieroglyphica
- Publicatiejaar oudste item
- Geïllustreerde druk
- Grieks, Latijn
- Oorspronkelijke taal
- Apud Carolum Vuillettum, Roma
- Anders - zie de beschrijving
- Aantal pagina‘s.
- 11×8 cm