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This excellently sub-titled love emblem book is a reworking of emblems originally found in the earlier Thronus Cupidinis. Each of the forty-four cupid-centred emblems are accompanied on the facing page by a quatrain, written out in four languages: Latin, English, Spanish and French. …Continued
A book on women painters throughout history, from the time of Caterina Vigri to Rosa Bonheur. includes a rather lavish preface by Walter Shaw Sparrow and various essays on the "genius" of women. …Continued