Vancouver: Heavenly Monkey, 2018. Quarto. 63, (ii)pp. One of sixteen copies (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. This expansion on the leaf-book motif provides not only insight into but also a recreation of its source text. At the publisher's request, Wither created a game, in which volvelles directed readers to one of four books, and within each book to a particular emblem. Most existing copies of the book lack the volvelle page, which would have been torn out for use. In the present volume, the volvelles have been recreated, along with Wither's two introductory Notes to the Reader, and his instructions for playing the lottery. To these are added a considerable discussion of the original book's production as a feat of letterpress and intaglio printing. This copy's leaves bear emblems nine and ten from Book I: "Consilium in Nocte", which depicts two figures holding cornucopias and set around a cadeuceus, and "Spernit Pericula Virt[um]", which shows a man holding a violin and bow and standing over a sea monster. The layout of the leaves, presented as two original plates opposite their eventual pages in the final production, allows the reader to compare the stylistic choices of Wither and Rollenhagen.
Bound in quarter leather by Claudia Cohen, with marbled paper over boards. Very fine. Prospectus laid in. Item #28049