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Jean Jacques Boissard's Emblemes [...]
nouvellement mis de latin
en françois par Pierre Joly
A. Faber, 1595

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This description is based on Entry F.114 in Alison Adams, Stephen Rawles, Alison Saunders, A Bibliography of French Emblem Books (Geneva: Droz, 1999-2002).

Reproduced by kind permission of Librarie Droz.

Bibl. Maz 112114bis: bois95_a1r. Actual page height: 188mm.
Bibl. Maz 112114bis: bois95_a1r. Actual page height: 188mm.


4o: A-B2 C-P4 [$3 (-A1) signed] 56 leaves, pages numbered [1-2] 3-8 17-65 [66] 67-119 [1].


e-ut e.r: e.r, test C [M.D.LXXXXV. (colophon)]


A1ro: title (mentions engraver Theodor de Bry); A1vo: blank; A2ro: dedication, Pierre Joly to Madame de Clervent, dated 1 May 1594, ends B1ro; B1vo: liminary verse: Paulus Melissus Schedius to Joly (Latin); F. Loys to Joly (French), ends B2ro; B2vo: engraved portrait of Boissard, followed by French verse; C1ro: engraving with Greek text, headed ‘GREEK O BOIC TROCOC: ACTATOC OLBOC’; C1vo: emblems begin, and end P4ro; P4vo: colophon, ‘Par Abraham Faber, Imprimeur des honorez seigneurs de la ville de Metz. M.D.LXXXXV.’


51 emblems; each occupies an opening: verso, French prose commentary and French motto; recto, engraving incorporating Latin motto, 8-line French verse. Engravings by Theodor de Bry. Commentary in roman, 48mm for 10 lines; verse in italic, 45mm for 8 lines.

Bibl. Maz 112114bis: C3vo-C4ro. Actual page height: 188mm.
Bibl. Maz 112114bis: C3vo-C4ro. Actual page height: 188mm.


This edition is of different emblems from those found in 1584 and 1588 (F.111, F.113).

The title uses the engraved title of the Latin edition of this new collection (Frankfurt: Abraham Faber, 1593), with the text of the French title in letterpress pasted over. The USA DFo copy does not have this pasted-on letterpress title. The links between the two editions are perhaps further indicated by the presence in the Bel BBRKB copy of the 1593 Latin edition, of gathering O from the French edition.

A German translation of this work dated 1593 is also known.

The Latin originals of the French verses are all found in the unillustrated Tetrasticha of 1587 (F.112).


Praz, p. 278; Landwehr, 166.

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