OVIDIUS. Metamorphoseon libri XV. In singulas quesque fabulas argumenta. Ex postrema Iac. Micylli rec. (Frankf., G. Corvinus, S. Feierabent and heirs of V. Galli), 1563. (16), 573, (18) pp. W. woodcut printer's mark of Feierabend on title-p. and over 170 very fine woodcuts in text by Virgil Solis. Cont. richly blindstamped vellum over wooden brds. w. bevelled edges, front cover with central panel dep. Justitia and back cover with central panel dep. Lucretia (monogrammed by the binder "HSC"), both above a four-line verse and surrounded by rolled borders incorporating portraits, coats-of-arms and shield with the monogram "HS" (perhaps Schmied, incorporating a hammer and a horseshoe), the frontcover with the monogram of the first owner "G*G*B" and date 1564, blindstamped, ribbed spine, 2 finely shaped brass clasps and catches, fore-edge and upper edge with contemp. indication of the author "OV" in ink. Sm-8°. (Prel. lvs. slightly browned, upper endpapers renewed).A splendid, most desirable copy of this richly illustrated work, in a remarkably well preserved, strictly contemporary binding. Ex collection H. Herfst, a very fine private collection sold at auction by Van Stockum in The Hague in november 1997. On this auction and this particular copy, see the contribution of Paul Snijders in De Boekenwereld, year 14, nr. 5 (1998), p. 258: "een volmaakt midden zestiende-eeuws kunstwerk". Title-p. with 2 old owner's entries (incl. Johann August Zwerger) and w. faint library stamp. Upper pastedown with bookplate "Seminarii Maj. Jaurinensis e bibliotheca Alexandri Balogh". Johann August Zwerger (d. 1648) was canon of St. Stephen's cathedral in Vienna and vice-chancellor of the Vienna University. He is also known as a former owner of the Raaber Liederbuch, that was brought to Raab by the canon Alexander von Balogh (Sandor Balogh, 1743-1810), who bought many of Zwerger's books (information acquired from online articles). - Schweiger 649.
result € 6000