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ANDREAE
ALCIATI
EMBLEMA-
TUM LIBELLUS.[1]

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PARISIIS,
Excudebat Christianus Wechelus,
sub scuto Basileiensi, in vico
Iacobaeo. Anno
M.D. XXXIIII.
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REVERENDO IN CHRI
STO PATRI D. PHILIBERTO
Baboo
Angolismensi Antistiti, domino suo
patrono omnibus modis observando,
Christianus Wechelus, Salutem dicit.

APud Aegyptios morem fuisse legi-
mus, Antistes reverende, ut singuli
vitae suae rationem destinato magistra-
tui probarent, existimantes reipublicae
plurimm interesse, ut omnes in of-
ficio essent. Quod cm ego in animo cogitationeque
versarem, circunspicere coepi, si quam mihi viam ipse
communire possem, qua & vitam honest tuerer,
et mei usum aliquem Reipublicae adferrem. Delegi ita-
que ex tanta exercitationum universitate artem ex-
cudendorum librorum, quam passim incultam & pe
n abiectam iacere videbam. Vanus sim, nisi id qum
plurima Autorum monumenta Typographorum in-
curia miser contaminata palm testentur. Testis et
hic Andreae Alciati Emblematum libellus, qui superio-
ribus annis, idque Autoris iniussu, tam neglect, ne
ne [=ne] quid gravius addam, apud Germanos invulgatus
fuit, ut illius minuendae existimationis erg, ma-
levolis quibusdam id fuisse factum, plurimi inter-
pretarentur. Quam ob rem mearum partium esse
putavi, ut nova aeditione, & lectoribus consulerem,
& notam D. Alciato negligentia prioris inustam
quantum in me quidem esset, eluerem. Quanquam autem Page icon Link to an image of this page [A2r]Alciatus invitus fecit, ut studiorum suorum tyrocinia in
manus hominum emitteret, quoniam tamen opus semel
aliorum temeritate excusum, supprimere vix erat inte
grum, facile ab eo impetravi, ut ad limam revocaret,
& foetum illum immaturum informemque, ursi instar,
lambendo conformaret. Mendas itaque quibus scate-
bat undique, sustulit, plurima etiam retractavit & cor-
rexit, addidit item non pauca, ut eo autore, nunc de-
mum liber prodire videatur. Quod ad me attinet,
pro viribus contendi, ne in formandis iconibus, quae
san ut in eo libello quam plurimae sunt, neque laborem me
ullum, neque impensas subterfugisse quisquam iure obii-
cere queat. Sub cuius ver auspiciis potius quae tuis,
Philiberte Antistitum decus, libellum hac παλιγγε-
νεσίᾳ
renatum emitterem, alium habebam neminem: quod sci
rem nihil ex Alciati officina proficisci, quod idem tu
non inter κειμήλια, & velut in sanctius aliquod
aerarium reponendum existimes. Velis igitur Antistes
reverende, pro singulari tua humanitate hunc no-
strum laborem benign alacriorem reddideris, ut alios
quoque Autores quam plurimos ex altissimis mendarum te
nebris in suum splendorem nostra opera educantur.
Bene vale, & me inter illos esse velim tibi persua-
deas, qui nominis tui & dignitatis sunt studiosissi-
mi, ut alia desint omnia. Lutetiae ex officina no-
stra typographica. Anno M.D.XXXIIII.

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CLARISSIMI VIRI
D. ANDREAE ALCIATI
IN LIBELLUM EM-
blematum Praefatio, ad D.
Chonradum Peutin-
gerum
Augu-
stanum
.

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.

Notes:

1. The Glasgow copy of this edition is damaged at the beginning. Corrections are made using A Bibliography of French Emblem Books, as well as the closely similar 1535 editions in Glasgow copies.

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In silentium.

Silence

III.

Cm tacet, haud quicquam differt sapientibus amens,
Stultitiae est index linguaque voxque suae.
Ergo premat labias, digitoque silentia signet,
Et sese Pharium vertat in Harpocratem[1].

When he is silent, the fool differs no whit from the wise. It is tongue and voice that betray his stupidity. Let him therefore put his finger to his lips and so mark silence, and turn himself into Egyptian Harpocrates.

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A Silence.

III.

Quand ung ignorant ne dit mot,
Il est bien pareil au scavant,
Et n’est de saigesse remot,
Sinon quant il parle souvent.
Ta bouche ayt donc le doy devant,
Pour tenir de parler science,[2]
Ou seras Harpocras suyvant,
Dont l’ymage monstroit silence.

Notes:

1. Harpocrates, also known as Horus, was the son of the Egyptian divinity Isis. He avenged the murder of his father Osiris by Set/Typhon. He is often represented as an infant with his finger held to his mouth as a sign of silence and economy of words. See Plutarch, De Iside et Osiride 68.

2. The last 3 lines differ significantly from the 1536 edition.


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