Portraits of Barbarossa, Osman, and Skanderbeg

Rouillé, Guillaume (ed.). Prima [- secunda] pars promptuarii iconum insigniorum a seculo hominum.

Lyon, Rouillé, 1553.

4to (230 x 166 mm). 2 vols. in one. (8), 172, (4) pp. 247, (9) pp. With 828 woodcut medallion portraits. 17th-c. vellum with ms. spine title.


First Latin edition, published in the same year as the French and Italian editions. The work contains portraits of figures from the earliest times up to the time of publication, including Dante, Petrarch, Boccaccio, European royalty, nobility and popes, but also Skanderbeg of Albania, Chaireddin Barbarossa the pirate. King Tammas of Persia, and the Turkish Sultans (Osman, Orhan, Amurath, Suleiman, Bayezid, Mehmed, etc).

Text rather browned and soiled throughout, binding worn at extremeties. Early notes to pastedown. From the collection of Patricia Milne-Henderson, wife of the art historian Michael Jaffé, the director of the Fitzwilliam Museum (her bookplate).

Adams P 2161. BM-STC French 386. Dekesel R 63. Von Gültingen X, Rouillé 262. Cf. Mortimer, Harvard French 465 (French edition of the same year).