4to, 236x180 mm: Contemporary full vellum, manuscript title on the spine. 3 Parts in one volume: pp. (10, including engraved Frontispiece and Title page with vignette), 96, (12); (8, including title page with vignette), 28; 29-96, including Title page with vignette. The last page wrongly numbered 94 instead of 96. An allegorical Frontispiece signed by Abraham Blotelingh, 11 large folded plates, joined 3-3-3-2, a plate out of text, 11 engravings the text, 26 vignettes in the text. In total 47 copper engravings. On the Title page, signature of an ancient owner with date 1705. Some slight reddening, excellent state of conservation.
Third edition, considered the best, of this Pignoria study, the first significant work of Egyptology. The "Mensa Isiaca" was a bronze table with Egyptian inscriptions of probable Roman workmanship also called "Tavola Bembina" from its first owner, Pietro Bembo. Discovered among the ruins of the temple of Isis in Rome in 1525, or perhaps in 1527, which became one of the best known Egyptian artifacts of the time, he came to Cardinal Bembo, who allowed Pignoria to examine it. This famous artifact was the subject of many studies: in addition to the Pignoria, Kircher also tried to decipher the hieroglyphs. The 11 folded plates, created by Giacomo Franco and resumed those engraved by Enea Vico in 1559, together make up the entire Isis Tablet. The second part has its title page, with a different title: Magnae Deum matris Idaeae, and deals with the Roman cult of the goddess Cybele and the god Attis; the third part is a description of the bronze hand used in the cult of Cecrops, written by Giacopo Filippo Tomasini. Brunet, IV, 653; Graesse V, 290;Caillet 8681; Blackmer Collection, Greece and the Levant, 1312.