Labour Vertue Glorie. Leaves from the Emblem Booka of Gabriel Rollenhagen (1611) and George Wither (1635). Illustrated with Diverse Comments Historic Y& Critical, assembled & annotated by Sim. Caelestibus.
[ Heavenly Monkey Press. Leaf book. ]

Vancouver: Heavenly Monkey Press, 2018. One of forty-eight copies, done in three different formats. This is Series 1, the most deluxe of the formats, with leaves containing the same emblems from Rollenhagen and Wither (i.e., two Rollenhagen leaves bookending a Wither leaf, presenting the same p Series 1, with four leaves tipped in, two of which originate from George Wither's A Collection of Emblemes, Ancient & Moderne (London, 1635); two are from the Nucleus Emblematum Selectissimorum of Gabriel Rollenhagen, and contain corresponding engravings that also appear in one of the Wither leaves. With illustrations, ornaments, and decorative initials, illuminated by hand in gold and bronze. A fine copy in publisher's glassine dust jacket. Bound by Claudia Cohen in vellum over Karli Frigge marbled paper over boards. Quarto. 63, (ii)pp. (Item ID: 16540)


From the publisher, Rollin Milroy: "The focus of Labour Vertue Glorie, however, is not the content or interpretations of the two authors’ emblems, but the production and form of the books from which these sample leaves come. To that end, the book reprints three of Wither’s prefatory notes from A Collection: one about William Marshall’s engraved frontispiece, one about the game of lots included in the book, and “To The Reader” in which he discusses at length the book’s creation and intent. Each of these is appended with comments from a variety of sources, discussing and sometimes disputing the author’s words. The comments also provide some insights to how Wither adopted, and more importantly adapted, Rollenhagen’s original work for his own purposes. While not exact facsimiles, the reprinted texts follow the original’s use of swash characters and seemingly random combinations of roman, italic, and majuscule types. But only the reprinted texts; the rest of the book is set in a more traditional, and calming, manner..."

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