Welcome to Alciato at Glasgow. This website gives you access to twenty-two editions of the emblems of Andrea Alciato (1492-1550), the pater et princeps of the emblem genre. The editions date from 1531 to 1621, in the original Latin, and in French, German, Italian, and Spanish versions.
The site has been developed as an extension of the earlier French Emblems at Glasgow site, which was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council under the Resource Enhancement Scheme. The Alciato site has benefitted from generous funding from the British Academy.
All books digitised are from the Stirling Maxwell Collection in Glasgow University Library.
Four of the Alciato editions also feature on the French Emblems at Glasgow site; the Italian edition of 1551, also features on the The Study and Digitisation of Italian Emblems website, also based in the University of Glasgow.
The Project is undertaken within the OpenEmblem initiative
There are 22 browsable emblem books, in which the original Alciato texts are available in both transcribed and facsimile versions, although the longer, non-authorial commentaries of 1591, 1615, and 1621 are available only in facsimile. Apart from its index, the paratextual material of the 1621 edition, has not been transcribed. Extensive search functionality is provided.
- Emblematum liber (28th February, 1531), Augsburg [la]
- Emblematum liber (6th April, 1531), Augsburg [la]
- Emblematum liber (1534), Augsburg [la]
- Emblematum libellus (1534), Paris [la]
- Livret des emblemes (1536), Paris [fr / la]
- Les Emblemes (1539), Paris [la / fr]
- Les Emblemes (1542), Paris [la / fr]
- Emblematum libellus (1542), Paris [la / de]
- Emblematum libellus (1546), Venice [la]
- Los Emblemas (1549), Lyon [es]
- Emblemes (1549), Lyons [fr]
- Emblemata (1550), Lyon [la]
- Emblemata (1551), Lyon [la]
- Diverse imprese (1551), Lyon [it]
- Emblematum libri II (Stockhamer) (1556), Lyon [la]
- Toutes les emblemes (1558), Lyon [fr]
- Liber emblematum ... Kunstbuch (1567), Franckfurt am Main [la / de]
- Emblemata / Les emblemes (1584), Paris [fr / la]
- Emblemata (1591), Leiden [la]
- Declaracion magistral sobre las Emblemas de Andres Alciato (1615), Najera [la / es]
- Les emblemes (1615), Geneva/Cologny [fr]
- Emblemata (1621), Padua [la]
You may also search the index of the 1621 edition.
Prepared and made available by Denis Drysdall:
- Table of Alciato's Emblems: Tables of the incidence of Alciato's Emblems in key early editions, of Latin emblem titles, and of Latin first lines.
- Mignault's theoretical work on the Emblem: an edition, with parallel English text.
Prepared and made available by Mason Tung:
- A Revision of "A Concordance to the Fifteen Principal Editions of Alciati's Emblemata" published in Emblematica 1,2 (1986): 319-39.
These tables revise Mason Tung's seminal work on Alciato's emblems, and complement the work of Denis Drysdall.
Navigation and Searching:
Some secondary bibliographical details are given for each book digitised. Central to the study of Alciato are:
Henry Green, Andrea Alciati and his books of emblems : a biographical and bibliographical study (London: Trübner, 1872)
William S Heckscher, The Princeton Alciati companion: a glossary of neo-Latin words and phrases used by Andrea Alciati and the emblem book writers of his time, including a bibliography of secondary sources relevant to the study of Alciati's emblems (New York: Garland, 1989)
Andrea Alciato, Emblemata, Lyons, 1550. Translated and annotated by Betty I. Knott, with an introduction by John Manning (Aldershot: Scolar Press, 1996)
Andreas Alciatus, 1. The Latin Emblems, Indexes and Lists (Index Emblematicus), ed. Peter M. Daly with Virginia W. Callahan, assisted by Simon Cuttler (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1985).
Mason Tung , 'Towards a new Census of Alciati's Editions', Emblematica 4 (1989), 135-176 (updated in SES Newsletter 46 (January 2010): 26-29 [http://german.lss.wisc.edu/~smoedersheim/newsletter.htm]).
Alison Adams, Brian Aitken, Graeme Cannon, Stephen Rawles, Joanna Royle, Gillian Smith, David Weston.
Alongside the Project's own staff, we must acknowledge especially the debt we owe to our international collaborators, Peter Boot, Hans Brandhorst, Etienne Posthumus, Yassu Okayama-Frossati, and Johan Tilstra. Thanks are also due to Denis Drysdall, Helen Durndell,Debbie Goldie, Trevor Graham, Henry Heaney, Peter Holmes, Betty Knott-Sharpe, Linda Knox, Stephen McCann, Donato Mansueto, Elizabeth Moignard, Kate Nimmo, Noel Peacock, Niki Pollock, Richard Rawles, Seamus Ross, Jonathan Spangler, Arnoud Visser, Andrew Wale, as well as the University of Glasgow more generally for infrastructural support, especially the Faculty of Arts and Glasgow University Library Special Collections Department.
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