Leiden [Netherlands] and Paris: Jean Elsevier and Charles Angot, 1660. Vellum. 12mo (5.4 in, 13.7 cm). , 1-452,  pp.: frontis., ill. (engravings). French.
Jean Elsevier is a printer noted for well-conceived and beautifully illustrated productions such as this. "Their small editions in 12mo, 16mo and 24mo, for elegance of design, neatness, clearness and regularity of type, and beauty of paper, cannot be surpassed" - theodora com/encyclopedia/e/elzevir html.
First Elzevir edition (initially published 1647). "The Gallery of Heroic Women" opens with an engraved frontispiece by Audran featuring a bust of Anne of Austria, Regent of France to whom the book is dedicated; title-page with "Avec Privilege du Roy;" epistle to the Queen; Ode to the Queen on the happy success of her regency; Sonnet; Preface; La Femme Forte Ode Premiere; La Femme Forte Ode Seconde; Table [of Contents] of 20 icons and exemplars of each; 20 chapters open with intaglio portraits of 10 Jewish icons, 5 Pagan icons, and 5 Christian icons - Deborah, Rachel, Jahel, Salome, Mariamma, Pantha, Camme, Artemise, Monime, Zénobie, Lucrece, Clelie, Porcie, Arrie, Pauline, Judith, Isabelle de Castille, Joan of Arc, la captive Victorievse, and Marie Stuart; index.
OCLC 16829594. Brunet III, 974. Willems, Les Elzevier 864. Vellum binding. Top-edge brown. Illustrated with engraved frontispiece, 20 full-page intaglio portraits, a title vignette, head- and tail-pieces, and decorated initials. Wide margins. Readership: beautifully scripted ownership dated 1699 opposite frontispiece, small and lovely ownership stamp to rear of title page, and margin sometimes marked with two small vertical lines. Rear cover lightly stained, fore-edge inner rear top corner with small chip, pages lightly age-toned. Well-preserved, tight, clean, 17th-century Elzevir honoring heroic women. Very good+. Item #1138
First Elzevir edition.