SCHEYB, Franz Christof von. Theresiade, ein Ehren-Gedicht. Two parts in one volume.  pp. Engraved allegorical portrait frontispiece, engraved title-page vignette, engraved dedication leaf, 13 historiated engraved initials, and 29 engraved vignettes by Salomon Kleiner after his own designs and those of Preissler and Buch. Each leaf is enclosed by a narrow ornamental woodcut border. 4to., 300 x 214 mm, full contemporary speckled calf. Vienna: Joh. Jacob Jahn, 1746.
First Edition of one of the high spots of German Baroque book production. "In his Theresiade, Scheyb created the last great Baroque encomium, very impressive and luxuriously executed in twelve books comprising nearly eight thousand lines ...in all, a laudatory poem which entangles its subject in a net of allegory" (Faber du Faur).
In addition to the fine frontispiece portrait of the Empress, the work contains numerous vignettes by Kleiner. The latter have been highly praised by Lanckoronska for their extraordinary refinement and miniature-like precision. She notes also that the contrast between the woodcut technique employed for the frames of each leaf and the engraved decorations creates an unusual and impressive visual effect. Head of spine restored, otherwise in excellent condition.
Faber du Faur 1721. Lanckoronska-Oehler I, 29. Goedecke III, 376, 115. Seebass-Edelmann 874.
Item nr. 168271