EMBLEMATA, The Emblem Books of Andrea Alciato. Alvan Bregman.
EMBLEMATA, The Emblem Books of Andrea Alciato.
EMBLEMATA, The Emblem Books of Andrea Alciato.
EMBLEMATA, The Emblem Books of Andrea Alciato.

EMBLEMATA, The Emblem Books of Andrea Alciato. A Leaf book.

Newtown: Bird & Bull Press, 2007. 6 x 9. 139 pages, 4 tipped-in original leaves from Alciato's 1589 edition. Quarter leather, slipcase. Fine, with prospectus. Item #14339

A professor of law, Alciato wrote Latin epigrams as a pastime. In combining them with images he created a new literary genre. The form proved popular, and some 2000 different emblem books were issued.

This copy is one of only 8 having four leaves. Three leaves in this copy bear woodcuts with moral lesson in Latin. Laid into the book is a translation of each.: About those who shelter murderers; Don't fight with ghosts; Wasteful with her own belongings, she should never be entrusted with those of another. The fourth original leaf is text in Latin & Greek, with a printer's ornament. A scholarly book, this has an humorous appendix by Henry Morris--eight new emblems with wood engravings by Wesley Bates. (Eight copies had 3 leaves and were bound in cloth; 124 regular copies had one leaf.).

Price: $1,450.00

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