New York: Garland Publishing, 1979.
Illustrated by Illustrated. Reprint. Hardcover. Very Good with no dust jacket. Item #15246
Library stamps/marks/labels/pocket, otherwise light wear. Crisp hardcover.; Latin language. "Christophoro Giarda (1595-1649) was a Barnabite priest attached to the Barnabite Institute of San Alessandro in Milan. The Institute had a famous library, donated by the Milanese diplomoat Carlo Bossi (1572-1649), which Giarda believed to be .. a true successor to the great ancient library at Alexandria. The symbolic images of the book's title are the figures of the sixteen Liberal Disciplines or Arts, with which the library was decorated, and according to which its books were organized. Giarda's iconography consists of a set of elaborate moralizations on each of the sixteen personifications: these were originally delivered as sermons to a congress of the Barnabite order in Milan in 1626. The volume constitutes an exemplary instance of seventeenth-century pictorial moralization, postulating, as Sir Ernst Gombrich has shown, a direct relationship between its symbolic images and Platonic ideals." - Notes by Stephen Orgel. ; Philosophy of Images; Ex-Library; Vol. 14; 140 pages.