1952. Lyon: Guillaume Roville, 1581.
2 vols. in one, thick 8vo, 339, 54 index; title-page, 154, [10 index]pp. Title-page with the printer’s device, verso arms of Du Choul, 602 figures of which 4 are full-page, in the first part and 37 full-page illustrations in the second. Woodcuts by Pierre Eckirsch also known as Pierre Vase or Cruche. In a custom, tattooed binding by by Aarom von Hemmersbach depicting Romulus and Remus and the mother wolf.
§ A superb emblematic binding by von Hemmmersbach whose work is quickly finding acceptance at the highest levels. His tattoo binding on a recent Grolier Club exhibition binding sold at auction for $12,500. The text is a history of Roman Emperors, descriptions of life and times of ancient Rome, and most importantly a commentary on Roman coins and their religious implications (i.e. mythology, cults, etc.). This book also offers descriptions of forged Roman coins. "As the well-known legend of Romulus and Remus typically focuses on the two competitive brothers, this binding reveals them as somewhat secondary characters... their cover-to-cover spanning wolf Mother taking
centre stage instead. She is not ferocious, gnarling her teeth in aggression, instead she is standing up from rest after nursing her two mercurial sons. Her nose lifted in the air to smell their destiny. She stretches her body across the rear panel, the spine, and the front panel, just as Rome stretched its vast empire across the ancient world. Olive branches on the back cover indicate the beginnings of Rome, the first sprigs of a powerful force. On the front, the inevitable ruins of the dream that was Rome.
A banner floats along the mid-section of the wolf mother, an acknowledgment to the date of the 16th century printing, as well as thfamous abbreviation: SPQR." A. von Hemmersbach. Item #125441