"One of the most astonishing documents about provincial mannerism of this period is Joseph Boillot's 'New Termis Buch'. It
consists of a series of fantastic designs for therms, in which the entablatures are supported by animals, grouped in
pairs according to the 'antipathy' between them as indicated by the Natural History of Pliny and other ancient authors."
(Blunt, Art and Architecture in France 1500-1570, p. 146). |
New Termis Buch, Von allerley grossen vierfüssigen Thieren zugerichtet... Mit beygefügter Thieren Contrarieteten, sampt etlicher
massen Beschreibungen,... (Strassburg ?) 1604. Small-Fol. With an engraved title-page border around the red and black printed
title, 39 engraved plates and 16 woodcuts. 32 unnumbered leaves [ ):(4, A-D6, E4]. Contemporary, German half vellum over green
boards, fabric ties.
First German edition of this very rare and extremely interesting Baroque ornament and model book. BL, German, 1785. Graesse I,
473. Berlin Katalog 3923 (now destroyed, lacked two leaves). J. Betz, Bibl. Bibliogr. Aureliana no. 92 (notes only one copy, in
the British Library). Cf. Harvard French Cat. 108. Brunet I 1064 and Suppl. I, 147. Robert-Dumnesil VI, pp. 72-87 (first French
edition, Langres 1592).
The illustrations of fantasy columns, executed in either woodcut or copper-engraving, creatively use animals and beasts, which
are factual, mythological, and/or allegorical, to provide models for artists, sculptors, carpenters, glass painters, goldsmiths,
cabinet-makers, craftsmen, and "lovers of art".
This strange and lovely book can also be viewed as a bestiary of sorts. The illustrations provide fascinating archetypes from
the world of real and imaginary beasts via images of bears, red deer, lions, leopards, wild boars, wolves, camels, unicorns,
horses, bulls, elephants, rhinos, rams, dall sheep, hunting dogs, porcupines, monkeys, donkeys, goats, tigers, antelopes, etc.,
which are incorporated into busts, statues and plinths.
The present edition must be seen to be fully appreciated: it is superior to the author's "Nouveux Pourtraitz et figures de termes
pour user en l'architecture" (Langres, 1592) in that here the dramatic mis-en-page emphasizes the verticality of the columns, with
each page featuring an engraved Baroque column beside one column of Fraktur text, as does the opposing page; therefore two engraved
columns and two text columns appear on one page-opening.
The work consists of 39 signed etchings and 16 woodcuts by Boillot.
Joseph Boillot was an engineer and an artist. He engraved on both wood and copper for illustrations for his own books, including
the present work and the famous "Instruments de Guerre", published at Chaumont-en-Bassigny in 1598. Boillot served as
"controleur pour le Roi" for Henri IV's military administration at Langres, France.
In very fine, original condition; the early inscription (dated March 1st, 1675, recording the purchase by Abraham Durtz
[or Duntz ?] from Iscambri Bredigkant) on first blank, which is conjugate with the front pastedown, proves the binding's early date.
Extremely rare: Besides a handful of copies in institutions there have been only two on market in recent years.