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65/3169 Numismatics Goltzius H
65/3169 [Numismatics]. Goltzius, H. Opera Omnia. Antw., Ex Officina Plantiniana Balthasaris Moreti, 1644-1645, 4 (of 5) vols., 4 diff. engr. titles (2 by C. GALLE after P.P. RUBENS), dedication plate, 336 plates (of coins), 2 maps, 148 chiaroscuro woodcut medallions (of Roman emperors and empresses), elaborate initials and head- and tailpieces, 2 printer's woodcut marks, contemp. unif. blindst. vellum w. six raised bands, folio.

- Very good set. Without vol. III. All vols. w. bookplate on upper pastedown and stamp on first free endpaper; all vols. occas. sl. foxed/ browned; vol. II w. clipping on upper pastedown.

= Comprising the following volumes: I Romanae Et Graecae Antiquitatis Monumenta (....), II Ludovici. Nonni Commentarius In Nomismata Imp. (...), IV Sicilia Et Magna Graecia Sive Historiae Urbium (...) and V Icones Imperatorum Romanorum (...). The final volume is a reprint (with the Latin text) of Goltzius' famous work Vivae Omnium Fere Imperatorum Imagines on antique and modern portrait medals. That work, containing 148 full-page chiaroscuro prints, is "without precedent in the field of numismatics" (N. Bialler 1993, p.31). Far more than black and white woodcuts or engravings, the chiaroscuro prints are succesfull in capturing the metallic and sculptural qualities of the coins. In the beginning of printing the Imagines Goltzius used an etching plate to outline the major features of the composition. "When the complete works of Herbert Goltzius were reprinted by Plantin in 1645, the illustrations to the Imagines were pure woodcuts with a single tone block (...)" (idem, p.33). "Hubert Goltzius (1526-1583) was the first artist from any country to adapt the chiaroscuro print successfully to the requirements of full-scale book illustrations" (idem, p. 30). Biliotheca Belgica G394; Lipsius & Leitzmann p.154. SEE ILLUSTRATION PLATE CXXVII.

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