Icones sive Imagines virorum literis illustrium qui seculo XV. praesertim doctrina religionis aliarumque bonarum scientiarum tanquam lumina in Germania nostraclaruere. Olim a Tobia Stimmero pictore suae aetatis perfectissimo ad vivum expressae & Nic. Reusnero FC. cum brevi descriptione eorum vitarum & operum in lucem editae, nunc reipublicae literariae bono iterum recusae & ab interitu vindicatae cura & impensis C.A.Z.J.C.A

Autore: REUSNER, Nikolaus (1545-1602)

Tipografo: Balthasar Diehlius

Dati tipografici: Frankfurt a.M., 1719

8vo (167x95 mm). [8], 181, [3] pp. With 89 full-page woodcut portraits in text by Tobias Stimmer (there are 91 portraits called for in the index, but the portrait of Hussus Joannes (p. 80) and Melanchthon (p. 110) are left blank. Later cardboards, red edges. Slightly uniformly browned.

18th-century edition of Reusner's Icones sive imagines virorum literis illustrium, a biographical dictionary of some of the most famous men of his time (like Copernicus, Gesner, Luther, Vesalius, etc.), illustrated with portraits by Tobias Stimmer (1539-1584). The work first appeared in a German and a Latin edition in Strasburg in 1587.

Nikolas Reusner, lawyer and historian, was born at Löwenberg (Slesia). He studied first at Wittenberg under Melanchthon, later at Leipzig and obtained his doctorate in law at Basel. He achieved some fame after writing a series of laudatory verses for the members of the Diet of Augsburg. He taught law at the universities of Strasbourg and Jena; was sent on a diplomatic mission to Krakau at the court of King Sigismund III. Emperor Rudolph II created him Count Palatine and poet laureat in 1594.