View a list of bibliographical descriptions for all books

Andrea Alciato's Emblematum libri II,
Lyons,
Jean de Tournes and Guillaume Gazeau, 1556


Read the introduction to this book

This description is based on Entry F.037 in Alison Adams, Stephen Rawles, Alison Saunders, A Bibliography of French Emblem Books (Geneva: Droz, 1999-2002).
Reproduced by kind permission of Librarie Droz.

GUL SM 36 a1ro. Actual page height: 120mm
GUL SM 36 a1ro. Actual page height: 120mm.

Collation

16o in 8s: a-n8 o4 [$5 (-a1 o4) signed] 108 leaves, pages numbered [1] 2-214 [2]. [Variant: misnumbering 43 as 45 (UKi GU (1 copy)).]

Fingerprint

isem tuum uiu- Crri 3 1556.

Contents

a1ro: title; a1vo: dedication: Alciato to Conrad Peutinger; a2ro: dedication: Stockhamer to Juan Menesio Sotomayor, ends a3ro; a3vo: 'In titulum libelli'; a4ro: emblems begin; Book 1 ends m6vo; m7ro: head-title for Book 2, ends o3vo; o4ro: blank; o4vo: mark.

Layout

113 emblems in Book 1, with Stockhamer commentary; 86 emblems in Book 2: unillustrated, and without commentary. The arrangement retains the order of the Wechel editions for Book 1, and of the 1546 Venice edition for Book 2. Verse in italic, 34mm for 10 lines; commentary in roman, 64mm for 20 lines.

GUL SM37 b4vo-b5ro. Actual page height: 120mm
GUL SM37 b4vo-b5ro. Actual page height: 120mm.

Remarks

The woodcuts for the 'Death' emblems ('De morte et amore' (D155) and 'In formosam fato praereptam' (D156)) are here reversed, as they are in the 1556 edition with Stock¬hamer's commentary but no verse text (F.036). This error was previously only found in de Tournes's French editions; it is never corrected in his Latin editions. Insofar as we can ascertain, the woodcut correctly associated with 'In dona hostium' (D168), is here also used for 'Concordia' (D039). The 2 woodcuts are very similar in design. This error has also been noted in the 1561 Latin edition (F.040).

A note by William Stirling Maxwell in the UKi GU copy (reproduced here) indicates that it was sophisticated from three separate copies. Nothing is known of the reaining fragments.

References

Landwehr (Romanic), 60; Green, 60; Tung, 43.

Copies located

A List of Library symbols can be found here.

Bel *AMPM
Cze PSK
Fra GBM
FRG FrUB
FRG TueUB
Ita ViBC
Pol WrUB
Rus MRGB
Swi BnStUB
UKi *BL
UKi *GU (2 copies)
USA CtY
USA DNGA

 

Back to top