Augustarum Imagines Aereis Formis Expressae: Vitae Quoque Earundem Breviter Enarratae, Signorum Etiam Quae in Posteriori Parte Numismatum Efficta Sunt, Ratio Explicata, ab Aenea Vico Parmense
Augustarum imagines aereis formis expressae : vitae quoque earundem breviter enarratae, signorum etiam quae in posteriori parte numismatum efficta sunt, ratio explicata, ab Aenea Vico Parmense. Nunc a Joanne Baptista du Vallio restitutae
Paris: Macaeus Ruette, 1619
Octavo. First French edition.  192 pp, ; 63 engravings. Modern cloth. Damp staining to upper half of text block throughout. Soiling to engraved title and final text leaf.
Refs: Brunet V, 1175, Mortimer, Italian 16th Century Books 533; Adams vol. II, V634 for the first edition, 1558. This edition was prepared by Jean-Baptiste Duval from the original plates. Mortimer notes, "Jean Baptiste Du Val secured a privilege in 1618 to print the works of Vico with the original copperplates. His edition of this title Augustarum Imagines appeared in 1619. Du Val reworked the plates and made substitutions and additions." Includes engraved portraits of Roman Empresses and their female relations, from the grandmother of Julius Caesar up to the wife of Domitian. All the portraits are taken from antique coins and most are inserted in frames, all different, ornamented with putti, satyrs, allegories and monsters.