Title: Andr. Alciati Emblemata ad quae singula, praeter concinnas insciptiones, imagines, ac caetera, quae ad ornatum & correctionem adhibita continebantur, nunc recens adiecta sunt epimythia, quibus Emblematum amplitudo, qua in ys dubia sunt, aut obscura illustrantur, 1626
Author: Andrea Alciati; Anthony Blunt; Barthelemy Aneau
Publisher: Lugduni, Sumpt. Ludouici Prost, Hæredis Rouille
An extremely scarce early 17th century edition of Alciati’s Emblemata, being the first and most widely disseminated emblem book, based upon the compilation of manuscripts and Latin Poems that Alciati had dedicated to his to his friend Conrad Peutinger, and circulated to his acquaintances. The emblem book was first printed in 1531, under the title Viri Clarissimi D. Andreae Alciati Iurisconsultiss. Mediol. Ad D. Chonradum Peutingerum Augustanum, Iurisconsultum Emblematum Liber. It was soon followed by a 1534 edition authorized by Alciati, under the title of Andrea Alciati's Little Book of Emblems. The word itself, "emblemata" is a plural of the Greek word "emblema", meaning a piece of inlay or mosaic, or an ornament.
Alciati’s Emblemata grew to include over 200 individual emblems and has since then appeared in hundreds of editions, and birthing thousands of imitations and successors in all the languages of Europe. Whether they were religious, romantic, or of a third sort in nature, emblem books became an integral part of European culture for the next two centuries. There are 208 half page emblems and illustrations throughout.
Worldcat records 2 existing copies of this edition in libraries.
One volume in 32mo, 260+(9) pages
On note of condition, this volume is in good shape, with rubbing and wear to the binding, and stress to the spine. Some of the text on page 92 has been expurgated. There is damp staining throughout, causing some text loss to pages 157-158. There is a slight tear to the edge of page 255. The pages feel worn.