Boaistuau, Pierre (1517-1566)

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Boaistuau, Pierre (1517-1566). Public Domain Mark. Source: Wellcome Collection.

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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.

Location of duplicates

A digitised copy is held by Wellcome Collection.

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).

Ownership note

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


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  • 65026