The Imprese illustri were first published in 1566. The edition here presented, published in 1584, posthumous, is accompanied with an additional book, composed by Vincenzo Ruscelli, Girolamo's brother. Girolamo Ruscelli's first treatise on the imprese had been published in 1556 with one of the many editions of Paolo Giovio's dialogue. His Imprese illustri strongly contributed to develop the theoretical debate on the impresa, which after Giovio's death, and in particular between the second half of the sixteenth century and the first half of the seventeenth, was to result in the publication of a great number of treatises, many of which illustrated.
Main author: Ruscelli, Girolamo (1500-1566)
Other authors: Ruscelli, Vincenzo (fl. 1584)
Abbr. title: Le imprese illustri
Pub. place: Venezia
Pub. Date: 1584
Location: Glasgow University Library, Stirling Maxwell Sp Coll S.M. 1462
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Full title and details
LE IMPRESE | ILLVSTRI | DEL S.or IERONIMO | RVSCELLI. | AGGIVNTOVI NVOVAM.te | IL QVARTO LIBRO | DA VINCENZO RVSCELLI | DA VITERBO | AL SERENISSIMO PRINCIPE | GVGLIELMO GONZAGA DVCA | DI MANTOVA ET MONFERATO | In Venetia, appresso | Francesco de franceschi Senesi | .M.DL. XXXIIII. | Giacomo Francesco Fecit.
4to. pp. [xxviii] + 496 + ("Il Quarto libro ... In Venetia l'anno 1583") pp. 8 + 82
Essential bibliographical references on this edition
Studies in seventeenth-century imagery, by Mario Praz, Roma, Edizioni di storia e letteratura, 1964 (2nd ed.): p. 482.
French, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese books of devices and emblems, 1534-1827: a bibliography, by John Landwehr, Utrecht, Haentjens Dekker & Gumbert, 1976: 650.