Title: Andreae Alciati, v.c. Emblemata: cum Claudii Minois Diuionensis ad eadem commentariis, 1593
Author: Andrea Alciati; Claude Mignault
Publisher: Lugduni Batavorum, ex officina Plantiniana, apud Franciscum Raphelengium
An uncommon Plantin Press 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.
Worldcat records 32 existing copies of this edition in libraries.
There are 196 woodcut emblems and 14 woodcuts representing trees. Emblem LXII has not been illustrated, which matches perfectly with the previous edition of 1591, which was identical in collation.
One vellum bound volume in octavo, 718+(40) pages
On note of condition, this volume is in good shape, with little to no wear to the boards. There is foxing and staining throughout, with some of the pages being stained, and sporadic worming present. The title page is heavily toned.