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A Collection of Emblemes, Ancient and Moderne: Quickened with Metricall Illustrations, both Morall and Divine

Illustrated by Crispin van de Passe, Sr. (Netherlandish, 1564–1637), Engraver William Marshall (English, 1617–1649), Engraver John Payne (English, 1600–1640), Author George Wither (English, 1588–1667), Printer Augustine Mathewes (English, 17th century), Publisher Henry Taunton (English, died in 1638)

Place of Publication: London, England

Catalogue Raisonné

STC 25900d; Praz, 538


Overall: 29.7 x 19.3 x 3.2 cm (11 11/16 x 7 5/8 x 1 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Illustrated book with 202 engravings

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings


Illustrated books

(London: Augustine Mathewes, for Henry Taunton, 1635) Folio; 150 leaves; contemporary blind-stamped brown calf.

Allegorical frontispiece, author portrait, emblems

London: Augustine Mathewes, for Henry Taunton, 1635


Inscribed recto of first leaf "J. Alex. Dorington 15 August 1635"; inscr. front flyleaf "A. Lerk 1751 London, Sept. 9th, 1751 / Pr: yok:"; William Salloch, Ossining, New York, from whom purchased in 1971 by Arthur and Charlotte Vershbow, by whom given to MFA, December 18, 1996.

Credit Line

Gift of Arthur and Charlotte Vershbow