Title: Omnia D. And. Alciati Emblemata Ad Quae Singula, Praeter Concinnas acutasque inscriptiones, lepidas & expressas imagines, ac cætera omnia, que prioribus nostris editionibus cum ad eoru distinctionem, tum ad ornatum et correctionem adhibita continebantur, 1574
Author: Andrea Alciati
Publisher: Lugduni, Apud Guliel. Rouillium
An uncommon late 16th 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 205 half page emblems and illustrations throughout.
Worldcat records 37 existing copies of this edition in libraries.
One vellum bound volume in 32mo, 238 of 260+(8) pages
On note of condition, this volume is in fair shape, with wear and old ink staining to the binding, and peeling to the spine. There is staining to the title page, with slight letter loss to the title. There is a small burn hole to page 87, obscuring two letters, and an ink stain to pages 101-104. Oddly, pages 239 to 260 were not bound with this edition, and neither was the last index leaf. Two 9 panel illustrations have had 1 panel cut out respectively. The pages are toned and slightly damp stained.