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VIRI CLA
RISSIMI D. AN-
DREAE ALCIATI
IURIS-
consultissimi Mediolanensis ad D. Chonradum Peu-
tingerum
Augustanum, Iurisconsul-
tum Emblematum liber, iam
denuo emendatus &
recognitus.
M.D. XXXIIII. Page icon Link to an image of this page [A1v]
CANDIDO LECTORI SALUTEM PLURIMAM

HAud immerito candide lector, no-
stram desyderabis diligentiam, in
hiis tabellis quae huic operi adiectae
sunt, elegantiores nanque picturas,
& authoris gravissimi authoritas,
& libelli dignitas merebantur, quod quidem nos fa-
temur, cupiebamusque inventiones has illustriores ti
bi tradere ita, si eas qum artificiosissime depictas ante
oculos poneremus, nihilque (quod sciam) ad eam rem no-
bis defuit. Verum cum hoc non tantum magni labo-
ris fuerit, (quem certe non subterfugimus) sed &
maximi sumptus, intelligis quicquid huiuscemodi e-
rat, id omne tibi denuo persolvendum fuisse. Utilis-
simum itaque nobis visum est, si notulis quibusdam o-
biter, rudioribus, gravissimi authoris intentionem si-
gnificaremus, quod docti haec per se colligent,
hocque ipso tibi gratificari voluimus, si ma-
gnas delitias parvo tibi comparare
mus. Bene vale, nostramque
operam boni con-
sule.

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CLARISSIMI VIRI D. ANDREAE
Alciati
, in libellum Emblematum praefatio,
ad D. Chonradum Peutingerum
Angustanum [=Augustanum] .

DUm pueros iuglans, iuvenes dum tessera fallit,
Detinet & segnes chartula picta viros,
Haec nos festivis emblemata cudimus horis,
Artificum illustri signaque facta manu.
Vestibus ut torulos, petasis ut figere parmas,
Et valeat tacitis scribere quisque notis.
At tibi supremus pretiosa nomismata Caesar,
Et veterum eximias donet habere manus.
Ipse dabo vati, chartacea munera vates,
Quae Chonrade mei pignus amoris habe.

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FOEDERA ITALORUM.[1]

The Italians’ Alliances.

Hanc cytharam lembi, que [=quae] forma halieutica[2] fertur
Vendicat & propriam musa latina sibi.
Accipe Dux, placeat nostrum hoc tibi tempore munus,
Quo nova cum sociis foedera inire paras.
Difficile est, nisi docto homini tot tendere chordas,
Unaque si fuerit non bene tenta fides.
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Illaeque praecellens cantus ineptus erit.
Sic Itali count proceres in foedera, concors,
Nil est quod timeas si tibi constet amor.
At si aliquis deciscat (uti plerunque videmus)
In nihilum illa omnis solvitur harmonia.

This lute, which from its boat shape is called “halieutica”, my Latin Muse now claims for her own service. Receive it, O Duke. May this offering of mine be pleasing to you at this moment when you are preparing to enter into fresh agreements with your allies. It is difficult, except for a man of skill, to tune so many strings, and if one string is out of tune or broken, which so easily happens, all the music of the instrument is lost and its lovely song disjointed. In like manner the leaders of Italy are now forming alliances. There is nothing for you to fear if affection lasts for you and stays in concord. But if any one should slide away, which we often see, that harmony is all dissolved into nothing.

Notes:

1. In later editions the title is merely Foedera

2. A Greek word meaning ‘fishing’ (boat).


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