Fredro, Andrzej Maksymilian. Scriptorum seu togae & belli notationum fragmenta. Accesserunt peristromata regum symbolis expressa.

Danzig, Georg Förster, 1660.

12mo. (4), 381, (1) pp. With engr. title page and 20 near-page-sized emblematic engravings in the text.

(Bound with) II: The same. Monita politico-moralia et icon ingeniorum. Ibid., 1664. (4), 171, (1) pp. With engr. title page and woodcut vignette at the end. Contemporary blindstamped brown calf with ms. spine title. Edges sprinkled in red.


First editions. Bound first is a rare book of emblems showing "symbolic tapestries": "20 numbered 'peristromata' each with a motto, as of page 308; they are within baroque borders, very likely after emblems in Saavedra's book" (Landwehr). Fredro (c. 1620-79) was a Polish historian and palatine of Podolia (cf. Jöcher II, 735). "His works [...] are full of interesting details both on war and politics; while the vigour and conciseness of his style have procured for him the name of the 'Polish Tacitus'" (Enc. Britannica, 8th ed.).

Occasional browning and slight waterstains; binding rubbed with insignificant worming. Old handwritten ownership at beginning of preface.

I: VD 17, 1:068380E. Praz 341. Landwehr-German 293. Estreicher XVI, 312.

II: VD 17, 23:285229B. Estreicher XVI, 308f.

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