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Le vite de gli huomini illustri greci et romani (The Lives of Illustrious Greek and Roman Men) [Vol. I]

Illustrated by Unidentified artist, Italian, 16th century, Author Plutarch, Printer Vincenzo Valgrisi (Italian, active 1540–1572)

Place of Publication: Venice, Italy

Catalogue Raisonné

British Museum, STC Italian, p. 529


Overall: 21.6 x 16.8 x 4.5 cm (8 1/2 x 6 5/8 x 1 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Illustrated book with 31 woodcuts

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings


Illustrated books

(Venice: Vincenzo Valgrisi, 1564) Quarto; 382 leaves [vol. I only; see next no. for vol. II]; contemporary limp vellum, dark tan cloth box.

Illustrations: medallic portraits of each subject, within elaborate decorative borders

Venice: Vincenzo Valgrisi, 1564


Old ownership inscriptions on title; Sylvester R. Koehler, Boston (1837-1900; first curator of prints, MFA), by whom given to MFA, October 20, 1898.

Credit Line

Gift of Sylvester Rosa Koehler