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Andrea Alciato's Toutes les Emblemes,
Macé Bonhomme for Guillaume Rouille, 1558

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This description is based on Entry F.039 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 37 A1ro. Actual page height: 120mm
GUL SM 37 A1ro. Actual page height: 120mm.


16o in 8s: A-S8 [$5 (-A1, E5, H3, I5, K2, L4, M3, Q3-5, R5, S4) signed] 144 leaves, pages numbered [1-2] 3-276 [12]. [Misnumbering 132 as 231] [Variant: 80 as 8 (UKi GU).]


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A1ro: title; A1vo: privilege: to Bonhomme, dated 8 August 1556; A2ro: dedication: Barthélemy Aneau to James, Count of Arran, ends A3ro; A3vo: 'Praeface', ends A7ro; A7ro: 'Le livre...'; A7vo: dedication: Alciato to Conrad Peutinger (in French); A8ro: emblems begin, and end S2vo; S3ro: table, ends S5vo; S6ro: colophon; S7ro-S8vo: blank.


201 emblems without decorative frames. This edition follows the 1549 French editions (F.026-027) very closely, adopting exactly the same order, although 16 further em¬blems are here illustrated, bringing the total to 181. Surprisingly, despite the avail¬ability of the appropriate woodcuts, the same 7 emblems still use duplicate cuts and 'Abstinence' (D031) retains its earlier woodcut, although the later 'Tree' woodcuts are used. 'Sur L'obliance du Pays' (D115) is here unillustrated; it must presumably have been broken or lost, because in later editions it is replaced with a fresh woodcut. With a few exceptions, each emblem begins on a new page. Short prose commentary beneath the verse. Verse in italic, 82mm for 20 lines; commentary in roman, 66mm for 20 lines.

GUL SM37 G7vo-G8ro. Actual page height: 120mm
GUL SM37 G7vo-G8ro. Actual page height: 120mm.


There is a slight difference of vertical spacing between the two states of the title, accounted for by the variation in size between the marks of Rouille and Bonhomme.


Landwehr (Romanic), 61-62; Green, 63; Tung, 46.

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UKi *GU (Rouille)
USA *CSmH (Bonhomme)
USA *IU (Bonhomme)


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