Cesare Ripa e.a. - Iconologia of uytbeeldingen des verstands. Waer in verscheiden afbeeldingen van deughden, ondeughden - 1644
Cesare Ripa / Giovanni Zaratino Castellini / D.P. Pers / Jan Christoffel Jegher. : Iconologia of uytbeeldingen des verstands. Waer in verscheiden afbeeldingen van deughden, ondeughden ... werden verhandelt ... Een werck dat dienstigh is ... ook om te spreecken, van allerley toerustingen, 't zy op bruyloften ... en zeegefeesten ... Cesare Ripa-gVerrijckt met veele beeldnissen en geestige geleerde overwegingen, door de uytnemende verbeteringe van Giov. Zaratino Castellini. Uyt het Italiaens vert. door D.P. Pers. Amstelredam, By Dirck Pietersz Pers, 1644. 4to: (16)636(4)pp. Original mottled parchment binding slightly bent outwards. The bookblock shows old moisture spots / rings throughout. See pictures.
** Annotation: With engraved allegorical frontispiece and 196 emblematic woodcut illustrations (approx. 8.5 × 6 cm) in the text by Jan Christoffel Jegher.
Bibl. ref. : Landwehr 684.
Cesare Ripa (Perugia, c. 1560 - Rome, c. 1622) was an Italian aesthete who worked as a cook and butler for Cardinal Anton Maria Salviati.
Not much is known about his life. After the death of the cardinal Ripa worked for his relatives. He was knighted after the first publication of his very successful book Iconologia, in 1593, which he wrote in his spare time.
This book, called in full ‘Iconologia overo Descrittione Dell’imagini Universali cavate dall’Antichità et da altri luoghi’, had a second edition in 1603 with illustrations, and was a very influential emblem book based on Egyptian, Greek and Roman emblems.
It was translated into Dutch in 1644 by Dirck Pietersz. Pers (1581-1659) under the title ‘Iconologia of Uytbeeldingen des Verstands’. Giovanni Zaratino Castellini made the woodcuts that were used as illustrations.