The Renaissance in Print - Sixteenth Century French Books in the Douglas Gordon Collection
The Sixteenth Century French Books in the Douglas Gordon Collection at the University of Virginia Library, VA, USA, is made of digital Digital facsimiles of "some 1200 volumes of French books dating from the sixteenth through the nineteenth century. Over 600 were printed before 1600, and many retain their original bindings. These include literary works and titles pertaining to religion, philosophy, medicine, astronomy, travel and architecture. The approximately 600 Gordon books dating from the sixteenth century include literary works and titles pertaining to religion, philosophy, medicine, astronomy, travel and architecture. Together, they provide a remarkable window on the French Renaissance...." "The rarity of so many of the books, combined with the size and range of the collection, make it a treasure for Renaissance scholars from around the world, as well as those studying the early history of printing and the book arts. In fact, many of the volumes are counted among only a few surviving copies, and, in some cases, the Gordon book is the only known copy in the world. Among the rarest sixteenth-century titles in the collection, for example, are an illustrated edition of Marot’s Blasons anatomiques du corps feminin…, published by Charles Langelier in Paris in 1543, and a little-known volume of Alciati’s emblems, Les emblèmes de M. Andre Alciat, traduits en ryme Francoise par Iean le Feure, published in Lyon by Jean de Tournes in 1549, with woodcuts attributed to Bernard Salomon."

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