Title page of the book Emblematum liber by Andrea Alciato (). Usually known simply as the Emblemata, the first emblem book appeared in Augsburg. Donor challenge: Your generous donation will be matched 2-to-1 right now. Your $5 becomes $15! Dear Internet Archive Supporter,. I ask only. in a11 of Europe was Andrea Alciato () of Milan. Alciato was also a new name from the Greek, emblemata, referring to a kind of decorative inlay.

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Glasgow University Emblem Website Copyright. The influence of Alciato’s emblems is enormous and, since they first appeared in Latin, extends over the qndrea of Europe.

They set the pattern commonly, though not universally associated 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.

Andrea Alciato (André Alciat)

In due course translations would appear not only in French, but also in German, Italian and Spanish, and many of the emblems appear in English in Geffrey Whitney’s Choice of Emblems Alciato was born in Alzate near Milan. He is famed not only for his emblems but embelmata a legal scholar.


He studied in Milan, Pavia. His interpretative work on Roman law is still of interest to legal historians today. Alciato’s emblems rmblemata first published in Augsburg in Germany two editions in and one in ; from onwards publishing shifted to France and remained there for the next thirty years.

Whether Steyner’s first edition followed or preceded the first Paris one cannot be established. Further Latin editions followed, including another inanndrea in there would appear the first French version of Alciato’s emblems, by Jean Lefevre.

This book contains emblems, all of them illustrated with woodcuts possibly designed by Mercure Jollat, and laid out in logical fashion.

Read a Bibliographical Description. All but four those with longer texts are contained within one page. As is made clear in Wechel’s dedicatory letter, Alciato had involved himself in the embblemata, correcting errors found in Steyner editions, and the majority of woodcuts are now those used throughout the whole series of Wechel editions.


A few woodcuts however would be revised over subsequent editions, and one replaced ‘In astrologos’, in the 2nd edition. The edition, also available on this websitewith the translation by Jean Lefevre, contains emblemqta revised versions of woodcuts.

Alciato at Glasgow: Alciato, Andrea: Los Emblemas ()

There is emblemafa manuscript note attached to ‘In receptatores sicariorum’, referring to ‘my lord Burton’. A Biographical and Bibliographical Study London: The Emblematic Age in France: Essays in Honour of Daniel S. Russellvolume edited by David Graham Glasgow: Glasgow Emblem Studies, Emblematum libellusParis.

Andrea Alciato Alciato was born in Andrsa near Milan. Andrea Alciato’s Emblematum libellusParis, Chrestien Wechel, 1st edition This book contains emblems, all of them illustrated with woodcuts possibly designed by Mercure Jollat, and laid out in logical fashion.