Title: Emblemata, cum Claudii Minois ad eadem commentariis & notis posterioribus. Quibus emblemata omnium aperta origine, mens auctoris explicatur, & obscura omnia dubiaque illustrantur, 1600
Author: Andrea Alciati; Claude Mignault
Publisher: Lugduni, Apud Haeredes Gulielmi Rovilii
An 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 211 emblems and illustrations throughout (197 emblems + 14 illustrations of trees). There are annotations sparely scattered throughout. There is a provenance inscription to the front flyleaf, for one Bernardus Agrevillanus.
One volume in octavo, (40)+818+(22) pages
This volume is in good shape, with light rubbing and wear to the binding. The title page is worn and slightly frayed. There is some damp staining throughout, near the gutters, namely to the top and bottom. There is some foxing throughout.