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THÉVET, ANDRÉ. Des Vrais Portraits et Vies des Hommes illustres Grecz, Latins, et Payens. , 172; -662,  leaves, including engraved general and divisional titles, full-page portraits of the dedicatee, Henri III, and the author, and half-page text portraits throughout. 2 volumes in one. Folio, 399x263 mm, contemporary calf gilt-tooled to panel design with floral wreath center- and cornerpieces on covers, heavily worn, covers detached; worming in blank lower inner corners through first quarter of volume, scattered passages scored or underscored, marginal soiling on general title, 2H2 and 2I1 loose with blank lower margin excised, text excised from biography of William the Conqueror on 2S4 leaving only loose portrait, 3 lines of text excised from 2T3. wide-margined copy. Paris: widow of Jacques Kerver and Guillaume Chaudière, 1584
first edition of an illustrated collection of 233 brief biographies of notable individuals from classical antiquity to the Renaissance. "Accompanying a portrait of Gutenberg is an essay on the invention of printing, ending with a description of the process of printing, from the cutting of type to the correction of proof and the final presswork"--Harvard/Mortimer-French 518. Alden 584/71 (for lives of Pizzarro, Cortés, Columbus, Vespucci, Magellan, and Amerindians including Atahualpa and Montezuma).