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Icones diversorum hominum fama & rebus gesstis [sic] illustrium

Illustrated by Jean Jacques Boissard (French, 1528–1602), Engraver Alexandre Vallée (French, 1558–about 1618), Printer Abraham Faber (French, active 1587–1596)

Place of Publication: Metz, France

Catalogue Raisonné

Robert-Dumesnil, vol. 8, pp. 156-66, cat. 75-127; Bibl. nat., Inventaire 16th, vol. II, pp. 144-45


Overall: 18.8 x 13.8 x 1.8 cm (7 3/8 x 5 7/16 x 11/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Illustrated book with 52 engravings

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings


Illustrated books

(Metz: Abraham Faber, 1591) Quarto; 56 leaves [lacking last signature]; contemporary blind- and metallic-stamped stiff vellum (beige cloth box).

Medallion portraits of illustrious men and women, primarily Greek, Asian, and some contemporary Italian

Metz: Abraham Faber, 1591


Old ownership inscription[?] on front pastedown; E.P. Goldschmidt & Co., London, from whom purchased by MFA, October 4, 1934.

Credit Line

George Nixon Black Fund