Andrea Alciati’s Emblematum Liber was an essential work for every writer, artist and scholar in post-medieval Europe. First published in , this illustrated. Andrea Alciato’s Emblematum liber or Book of Emblems had enormous influence and popularity in the 16th and 17th centuries. It is a collection. Jean Jacques Boissard Jean Jacques Boissard’s Emblematum liber / Emblemes latins (Metz,). Metz, A. Faber, Facsimile Edition Using Glasgow.

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Glasgow University Emblem Website Copyright. This is the second edition of Alciato’s emblems, and is closely similar to the first.

The influence of Alciato’s emblems is enormous and, since they first appeared in Latin, extends over the whole of Europe. By the s, over a hundred more editions of Alciato’s emblems would be printed, not only in Latin but emboematum French, German, Italian and Spanish, and many of the emblems appear in English in Geffrey Whitney’s Choice of Emblems Alciato’s emblems set the pattern commonly, though not universally emglematum with the emblem, that is a motto or inscriptioa picture pictura and a verse text or epigram the subscriptio.

The corpus would eventually stretch to emblems, but early editions had a little over a hundred. Alciato was born in Alzate emblematjm Milan. He is famed not only for his emblems but as a legal scholar.


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He studied in Milan, Pavia. His interpretative work on Roman law is still of interest to legal historians today.

This is the second of three closely similar editions of Alciato’s emblems produced in Augsburg and printed by Heinrich Emblemtaum. The first is dated 28 Februaryand another would follow in It would seem that Alciato himself had nothing to do with this series of editions, produced at the behest of his friend and colleague the Humanist Conrad Peutinger The ’emblems’, though probably unillustrated, had circulated among Alciato’s friends in manuscript, and Peutinger commissioned the woodcuts.

From onwards publishing dmblematum to shift to France and remained there for the next thirty years, and in the first French edition Alciato is very critical of the previous editions. Certainly, in comparison with later editions, Steyner’s leave something to be desired.

Read a Emblematuk Description. These are often of inferior workmanship, and at times ill-suited to their context. Nevertheless they possess a certain charm and the iconographic tradition which they launch is broadly maintained for close on a hundred years.

The most serious criticism in terms of the development libdr the genre is the arrangement of the emblems on the page: The text itself is also faulty at times.

There are signs of misreading a manuscript, for instance ‘uinxit’ for ‘iunxit’ or ‘mutile’ for ‘inutile’. Another tendency is to simplify ‘ae’ as ‘e’, even in, for instance ‘quae’. Punctuation is particularly irregular, and question marks are often omitted.


Some errors have been corrected, on the basis of the Errata from the first edition, but many problems remain. Where a reading is deemed corrupt, corrections are made in meblematum transcriptions with the help of the later Wechel editions published in Paris from onwards. More interestingly, the texts of certain emblems are clearly written from Alciato’s own Italian standpoint.

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Thus for instance ‘Foedera’ here is ‘Foedera Italorum’ and ‘In adulari inscientem’ is viewed from a specifically Italian perspective, referring to the ‘Insubres’ that is Alciato’s home area near Milan in what must be a satirical comment, and ‘Tumulus Ioannis Galeacii A Biographical and Bibliographical Study London: John Landwehr, German Emblem Books Haentjens Dekker and Gumbert, A Survey of Research’, Emblematica 5 Emblematum liber 6th April,Augsburg.

SM19 This is the second edition of Alciato’s emblems, and is closely similar to the first. Andrea Alciato Alciato was born in Alzate near Milan. Publication History Emlematum is the second of three closely similar editions of Alciato’s emblems produced in Augsburg and printed by Heinrich Steyner.