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ALBUTII AD D. ALCIATUM,
suadens, ut de tumultibus Italicis se sub
ducat, & in Gallia pro-
fiteatur.[1]

Sent by Albutius to Alciato urging him to withdraw from the Italian troubles and take up a teaching post in France

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Quae dedit hos fructus arbor,[2] coelo advena nostro,
Venit ab eoo persidis axe prius.
Translatu facta est melior quae noxia quondam,
In patria, hic nobis dulcia poma gerit,
Fert folium linguae, fert poma similima cordi,
Alciate hinc vitam degere disce tuam.
Tu procul à patria[3] in pretio es maiore futurus,
Multum corde sapis, nec minus ore vales.

The tree that gave us these fruits, a stranger to our skies, came formerly from the eastern climes of Persia. By the transplanting it was made better. The tree that once bore harmful fruits in its native land, here bears sweet ones for us. It carries leaves like a tongue, fruits like a heart. Alciato, learn from it how to spend your life. Far from your own country, you will be held in greater esteem. You are wise in heart, and no less effective in speech.

Notes:

1.  This person has been identified as Aurelius Albutius, lawyer, scholar and poet, like Alciato originally from Milan. On the question of the genuineness of this ascription and a suggested date for the epigram preceding Alciato’s first removal to France in 1518, see J. Köhler, Der ‘Emblematum liber’ von Andreas Alciatus (1492-1550) (Hildesheim: August Lax, 1986).

2.  ‘The tree that gave us these fruits’, i.e. the peach, with its heart-shaped fruit and tongue-shaped leaves.

3.  ‘Far from your own country’. Alciato had two periods in France. He was lecturing on Civil Law in Avignon from 1518-1522, then returned to Milan. He again took up his teaching post in Avignon in 1527, and then removed to Bourges, where he remained until his return to Italy (Pavia) in 1533. The ‘troubles’ mentioned could be political (there was much fighting and tumult in N. Italy), or could refer to the wrangling between rival schools of academic lawyers during Alciato’s youth.


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Sur la foy de Mariage.[1]

La femme aupres de l’homme, à dextre assise:
Le chien aux pieds. C’est de Foy la divise.
Lesquelz, s’ilz sont par ardeur maintenus:
Soit un Pommier, Pommes sont à Venus.
Link to an image of this page  Link to an image of this page  [Q4r p247] Ainsi vinquit Atalante[2] Hippomane,
Et son amy frappa la blanche Dame.

Au Mariage de l’homme, & de la femme
est Amour, & foy, desquelles le signe
est le chien fidelle, & bien aimant son mai-
stre. Et pource que souvent cest Amour,
& Foy conjugale, est entretenue par la
charnelle conjonction des corps: Pour-
ce bien y advient ung pommier, avec ses
fruictz. Car la Pomme est dediée à Venus,
à qui la pomme d’or fut adjugée, & Hip-
pomanes
vinquit la belle Atalante à la
course, par le gect des pommes d’or, & la
blanche Galathée frappoit de pommes
gettées son amy par lascive, & attrayan-
te mignardise.

Notes:

1.  This woodcut is also used in 'Le Vieillard Amoureux' ([A58a109]).

2.  See Ovid, Metamorphoses 10.560ff. for the story: Atalanta would marry none but the man who could beat her at running. Hippomenes tricked her into losing the vital race by throwing down in turn three golden apples given him by Venus.


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