Laurentij Pignorij Patauini Mensa Isiaca, qua sacrorum apud Aegyptios ratio & simulacra subjectis tabulis aeneis simul exhibentur & explicantur. Accessit ejusdem authoris de Magna Deum matre discursus, & sigillorum, gemmarum, amuletorum aliquot figurae & earundem ex Kirchero Chisletioque interpretatio. Nec non Jacobi Philippi Tomasini Manus Aenea, & de vita rebusque Pignorij dissertatio.

Autore: PIGNORIA, Lorenzo (1571-1631)

Tipografo: Andreas Fries

Dati tipografici: Amsterdam, 1669

Formato: in quarto

Two parts in one volume, 4to (238x187 mm). [10], 96, [12]; [8], 96 [i.e. 94] pp. and 11 folding engraved plates on 5 sheets. Signature: *4 **1 A-N4 O2; [π]4 (a)-(n)4. With also one engraved extra title by A. Blothelingh (included in foliation), 3 engraved title-vignettes, 9 full-page illustrations, and furthermore vignettes and other illustrations in text. Contemporary vellum, gilt spine with gilt-title label (front hinge slightly opened). On the front pastedown bookplate “J.H. Harrison”. A very good copy.

THIRD AND BEST EDITION of Pignoria's Mensa Isiaca, the first notable work of Egyptology (first published as "Vetustissimae tabulae aeneae sacris Aegyptiorum" in 1605).

Mensa Isiaca or the table of Isis was an elaborated bronze table top discovered in the ruins of the Temple of Isis in Rome in 1525 or 1527, and became one of the most famous Egyptian artifacts known at the time.

It is believed that this bronze table was executed in Rome in the first century A.D. It passed into the possession of Cardinal Bembo, who allowed Pignoria to examine it. Many scholars had different ideas about the function of the Mensa Isiaca but Pignoria's explanation was the simplest and most convincing. He believed that it was a representation of sacrificial ceremonies according to Egyptian rites. The illustrations were executed by Aeneas Vico.

Blackmer, 1312; Gay, 1567; Ibrahim-Hilmy, II, 119.