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Andrea Alciato's Emblematum liber,
Augsburg,
Heinrich Steyner, 28 February 1531 (1st edition)


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GUL SM 18 A1r. Title page frame: 122mm high
GUL SM 18 A1r. Title page frame: 122mm high.

Collation

8o: A-E8 F4 [$4 (-A1, F4) signed] 44 leaves, unnumbered. F4 is missing in the copy examined, and is inferred as blank.

Fingerprint

N.ME S.R= Vmo. n M.D.XXXI.

Contents

A1ro: title; A1vo: 'Candido lectori S.P.'; dedication: Alciato to Conrad Peutinger; A2ro: emblems begin, and end F3ro; F3vo: errata; colophon, dated 28 February 1531; F4ro-F4vo: blank.

Layout

104 emblems, 97 illustrated with woodcuts. All emblems are printed in in the order: motto, woodcut (when present), subscriptio, with no regard for logical page breaks. Texts mainly in italic, 85mm for 20 lines.

GUL SM 18 A5vo-A6ro. Top left woodcut = 59mm wide
GUL SM 18 A5vo-A6ro. Top left woodcut = 59mm wide.

Remarks

This edition can be distinguished from the second 1531 edition by the earlier date in the colophon (here dated 28 February 1531). In the copy described here (UKi GU), leaves C8 and D8 are bound in each others' places. This error is corrected in the web version.

References

Praz, p. 248-249; Landwehr (German), 23; Green, 2; Tung, 1.

Copies located

A List of Library symbols can be found here.

Aus VOENB
FRG FrUB
FRG LUB
FRG LüRB
FRG MSB
FRG MUB
FRG SchwBOS
FRG WHAB
FRG ZwRSB
Swi BOEBU
UKi BL
UKi *GU
UKi LU

Other copies

Copies of one or other of the two 1531 Augsburg editions are recorded at:

Fra ToCESR
FRG ASStB
FRG HmStUB
UKi CUL
UKi OB
UKi LVAM
USA CtY
USA NjP

 

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