Gasparo Contarini, The commonwealth and government of Venice, 1599 - printer's ornament, p. 98, N4v.

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Date:1599

Description:A woodcut as decoration.

Woodcuts used to ornament Elizabethan texts were frequently ornate and often symbolic of ideas contained within the text with which they are associated. The cherubs with lute and viol either side of an elaborate cornucopia and mask decorated the beginning of Lewkenor’s translation of Contarini, which otherwise has no illustrations to distract the reader.

Full title: Gasparo Contarini, The commonwealth and government of Venice. Written by the Cardinal Gaspar Contareno and translated out of Italian into English by Lewes Lewkenor, With sundry other collections, annexed by the translator, With a short chronicle of the lives and raignes of the Venetian dukes. London, Imprinted by John Windet for Edmund Mattes, 1599.


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Donor ref:SR 87.9 Venice [19,575] (32/10583)

Source: The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust - Library

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