Jean-Jacques Boissard

Jean-Jacques Boissard .Tractatus posthumus Jani Jacobi Boissardi Vesvuntini De divinatione & magicis præstigiis. Oppenhain, 1616.

Jean-Jacques Boissard .Tractatus posthumus Jani Jacobi Boissardi Vesvuntini De divinatione & magicis præstigiis. Oppenhain, 1616.

This curious work by French antiquarian Jean-Jacques Boissard (1552-1607) is a treatise on divination, magic, oracles, sages and gods of antiquity. The illustrations were engraved by Johann Theodore de Bry, who had previously worked with his father on the first illustrations of the Indians of North America. The engravings in the present volume are typical of de Bry's style and technique, and are especially interesting for their unusual iconography which is only loosely based on earlier models. The book is also remarkable for the unusual self-portrait of de Bry which shows him with copies of his voluminous geographical works and holding his coat-of-arms.

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