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Boaistuau, Pierre (1517-1566)

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Histoires prodigieuses. The author's own copy dedicated to Queen Elizabeth. The title-page and the last leaf of the `Préface au Lecteur' are wanting. Illustrated with 42-three-quarter-page miniatures in gold and colours, and 33 small illuminated initials. Text within red rules.



Physical description

1 volume 146 [148] 11. (last 3 bl.). 4to. 23 x 161/2 cm. Original sides of the presentation-binding inlaid: these are of calf, with gilt centre and corner-pieces tooled in a fine arabesque design on a ground dotted with semis of three dots. Edges gilt and gauffered, dated 1560. In a red morocco slip-case.

Acquisition note

Purchased at Sotheby's 7/12/1931, Lot 25.

Ownership note

From the Library of I.T. Adams of Snaithfield, Sheffield.

Finding aids

Database description transcribed from S.A.J. Moorat, Catalogue of Western Manuscripts on Medicine and Science in the Wellcome Historical Medical Library (London: Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine, 1962-1973).

Location of duplicates

A digitised copy is held by the Wellcome Library.


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