Title: Le Imagini Degli Dei Degli Antichi. Or, Images Depicting the Gods of the Ancients, 1608
Author: Vincenzo Cartari
Publisher: In Padoa, appresso Pietro Paulo Tozzi
Here is a copy of Vencenzo Cartari's incredibly popular mythography text, Images Depicting the Gods of the Ancients, depicting various pagan gods and mythological creatures with a vast assortment of near full page engravings.
Although the first edition was first printed in 1546 without any illustrations, it was swiftly followed up with numerous illustrated editions over the decades, this particular Padoa 1608 edition basing its engravings from the first illustrated edition of 1571.
As evident in many illustrations, Cartari opted a populist approach by focusing on the iconography and descriptive attributes of each god and figure.
Poets, artists, critics, historians, and fellow mythographers alike respected and knew his work, and his book became the referential guidebook for painters for centuries to come.
One quarter vellum rebinding with marbled boards. 4to size, 512 pages. 131 near full page illustrations.
The frontpiece is partially mutilated, but present.
7 text only pages 91-94 are missing as well as 287-288.
There are also several in text plates of similar emblematic or mythological design that have been pasted among various pages.