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It is a collection of Latin emblem poems, each consisting of a motto a proverb or other short enigmatic expression , a picture, and an epigrammatic text. Alciato's book was first published in , and was expanded in various editions during the author's lifetime. It began a craze for emblem poetry that lasted for several centuries. We use the Latin text and images from an important edition of and we give a translation into English. Notes on use The emblems may be read in sequence, in Latin or in English , or in Latin-English parallel. If you know a title or a motif that you might be looking for, use our title and searching files.

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Glasgow University Emblem Website Copyright. Quick Search:. This is the first edition of Alciato's emblems, and indeed the first printed work to be identified as an emblem book it was once thought that there might have been an Italian edition c.

As such, its importance cannot be underestimated. 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 in 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 associated with the emblem, that is a motto or inscriptio , a 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 near Milan.

He is famed not only for his emblems but as a legal scholar. He studied in Milan, Pavia. His interpretative work on Roman law is still of interest to legal historians today. This is the first of three closely similar editions of Alciato's emblems produced in Augsburg and printed by Heinrich Steyner. A further editions would follow in April of the same year, and another 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 was 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 Bibliographical 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 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. Where a reading is deemed corrupt, corrections are made in our 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.

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 In the Glasgow copy, leaves C8 and D8 are bound in each other's places.

This error had been corrected in the web version. John Landwehr, German Emblem Books Emblematum liber 28th February, , Augsburg. Andrea Alciato Alciato was born in Alzate near Milan. Publication History This is the first of three closely similar editions of Alciato's emblems produced in Augsburg and printed by Heinrich Steyner.

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Glasgow University Emblem Website Copyright. Quick Search:. This is the first edition of Alciato's emblems, and indeed the first printed work to be identified as an emblem book it was once thought that there might have been an Italian edition c. As such, its importance cannot be underestimated. 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 in 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 associated with the emblem, that is a motto or inscriptio , a picture pictura and a verse text or epigram the subscriptio.

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Alciato's Book of Emblems. Andrea Alciato's Emblematum liber or Book of Emblems had enormous influence and popularity in the 16th and 17th centuries. It is a collection of Latin emblem poems, each consisting of a motto a proverb or other short enigmatic expression , a picture, and an epigrammatic text. Alciato's book was first published in , and was expanded in various editions during the author's lifetime.

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His family had long been prominent in the region; they took as their heraldic mark the elk "alce"; see Emblem 3. Alciato was early recognized as an outstanding student. Though most of his studies were in Milan, Pavia, and Bologna, he received his doctorate in law from Ferrara when he was 24 years old. In , when he was 26, he moved to Avignon where he taught law.

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Usually known simply as the Emblemata , the first emblem book appeared in Augsburg Germany in under the title Viri Clarissimi D. Andreae Alciati Iurisconsultiss. Produced by the publisher Heinrich Steyner, the unauthorized first print edition was compiled from a manuscript of Latin poems which the Italian jurist Andrea Alciato had dedicated to his friend Conrad Peutinger and circulated to his acquaintances. The word "emblemata" is simply the plural of the Greek word "emblema", meaning a piece of inlay or mosaic, or an ornament: in his preface to Peutinger, Alciato describes his emblems as a learned recreation, a pastime for humanists steeped in classical culture. The Emblemata grew to include over individual emblems and appeared in hundreds of editions, of which probably the best known is that published in Padua by Tozzi in , the Emblemata Cum Commentariis Amplissimis. The "very full commentaries" to which the title refers were written by the French scholar Claude Mignault.

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