Book Id: 43477 Dialoghi di Don Antonio Agostini Archivescovo di Tarrcona Intorna alle Meadglie Inscrittioni et altre Antichita. Antonio Agustin.
Dialoghi di Don Antonio Agostini Archivescovo di Tarrcona Intorna alle Meadglie Inscrittioni et altre Antichita
Dialoghi di Don Antonio Agostini Archivescovo di Tarrcona Intorna alle Meadglie Inscrittioni et altre Antichita

Dialoghi di Don Antonio Agostini Archivescovo di Tarrcona Intorna alle Meadglie Inscrittioni et altre Antichita

Publisher Information: Rome: Gugilemo Faciotto, 1592.

Agustín, Antonio (1517-86). Dialoghi di Don Antonio Agostini archivescovo di Tarracona intorno alle medaglie inscrittioni et altre antichita tradotti di lingua Spagnola in italiana da Diogini Ottaviano Sada. [26, incl. engraved title], 318, [38]pp., 6ff. Woodcut text illustrations. Rome: Apresso Guglielmo Faciotto, 1592. 322 x 225 mm. 19th-century half vellum, light rubbing and wear. Signatures ++4, +++4, Pp-Rr4 and [maltese cross]4 supplied from another (smaller) copy, engraved title starting, some foxing and toning, marginal repairs to the last few leaves. Very good.

First Edition in Italian of Agustín’s treatise on coins, inscriptions and other antiquities, translated from the Spanish edition of 1587. Among the over 1200 woodcut illustrations in this edition are several by Geronima Parasole, one of very few identified female artists and illustrators of the 16th century.

"Some of the large woodcuts bear the monograms P.M.F. (e.g. on the title border) or G.A.P. (e.g. on p. 124) attributed to Geromina [Cagnaccia] Parasole (fl. end of the 16th century), a Roman artist, cousin of Isabetta Parasole, who was with Vinciolo and Cesare Vecellio, the most important lace designer of the late 16th century. Apart from Geronima’s contribution to the present work, only a few woodcuts by her after designs of Antonio Tempesta are known (cf. G.K. Nagler, Die Monogrammisten, München, 1919, II p. 968, no. 2715; IV, p. 926, no. 3141). It seems very likely that this is the earliest known book in which illustrations by a woman are found. In the sixteenth century only thirty-five women are known to have been artists, and according to our researches Geronima and Isabetta Parasole were the only women who contributed to book illustration in that period" (Erdmann, My Gracious Silence, p. 130).

Agustín’s book, intended for a general readership, is written in the form of eleven dialogues between an experienced antiquarian and a pair of beginners eager to learn about coins, inscriptions, and other antiquities. It includes instructions on identifying coins and medals, discussions of Roman, French, African and Spanish medals, and methods of identifying fakes.

Book Id: 43477

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