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Aneau's translation is the second of the three main translations of Alciati's emblems. Lefevre's in 1536 had been limited to the earlier emblems. Links to these the Lefevre translations are provided. Claude Mignault's translation would appear a generation later in 1584.
The woodcuts reproduced here are for the most part scanned in from the 1550 Latin edition, because this involved fewer technical difficulties. Although only 165 of the emblems in the 1549 editions are accompanied by a pictura, in subsequent editions (1558 and 1564) from the same press, further woodcuts are added (though some of those appearing in 1558 are omitted in 1564). The woodcuts added in later editions correspond to the woodcuts found in the 1550 Latin edition and elsewhere. Where a woodcut eventually appears in a French edition, it is included here, with careful annotation. A small number of woodcuts also change during the course of the different French editions. Where this is the case, both woodcuts are included, appropriately annotated.
The text has been prepared by Alison Adams, Department of French, University of Glasgow. Editorial intervention has been kept to a minimum: 'long s', i/j and u/v have been normalised according to modern usage. Since emendation inevitably implies interpretation, only the most manifest errors have been corrected. These are indicated by * in the text, and the original reading is noted below the main text. Italic has been retained where it is used in the original, usually to highlight the moral. The French editions, along with all the Roville/Bonhomme editions (except the Spanish), have the emblems divided into thematic sections, marked on the one hand by a heading and on the other by running titles. The headings are included here where they occur in the 1549 edition, and the section heading is reproduced in square brackets after the title/motto of each emblem.
Reference numbers: the prefix A (Aneau) refers to the order in the 1549 edition; the prefix 'D' refers to Index Emblematicus: Andreas Alciatus, edited by Peter M. Daly, et al, Toronto: Toronto University Press, 1985, which itself follows the order of the edition of Padua: Tozzi, 1621. For ease of reference, the Latin titles given to the emblems in the Index Emblematicus follow the 'Daly' numbers given here.