Lebendige Bilder gar nach aller Keysern, von C. Iulio Caesare, biz auff Carolum. V.
In-folio (32,2 x 22,5 cm), 170 unnumbered lvs. Frontispiece in facsimile. Illustrated with 129 very faithful chiaroscuro portraits after the images on ancient coins, all backgrounds coloured, the colours vary in shade from one to another. "These illustrations are remarkable as one of the earliest processes of chiaroscuro printing in which a combination of etched plates and wood-blocks was used." With 16 roundels left empty. Lacking lvs. CC1-3 (portraits 153-155). Some foxing and marg. tears (repaired), marginal wormhole, ink stain on f. a1, last leaf soiled, margins strengthened. Old annotations: an old hand has translated many motto's in Latin. On the left pages the biography of the depicted prince. Etchings by Joos Gietleughen of Courtrai, Flemish painter, after Goltzius' drawings. Modern binding in half vellum, blue edges, title gilt on spine
This book was the result of 12 years of research, it was printed in five different languages and made Goltzius instantly famous. The number of portraits varies, usually about 133, this copy has 129. Ref. Funck 322/323 , Bibl. Belg. G 381 , Goltzius en Brugge n°33, Dekesel G 45. Provenance: Augustanus Butsch, Theodor Karajan
Gillis Coppens van Diest