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Joannes Sambucus'
Les emblemes,
Antwerp,
Christophe Plantin, 1567


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This description is based on Entry F.519 in Alison Adams, Stephen Rawles, Alison Saunders, A Bibliography of French Emblem Books (Geneva: Droz, 1999-2002).

Reproduced by kind permission of Librarie Droz.

GUL: sm429_a1r. Actual page height: 122mm.
GUL: sm429_a1r. Actual page height: 122mm.

Collation

16o in 8’s: A-P8 ($5 (-A1) signed] 120 leaves, pages numbered [1-2] 3-237 [3]. [Misnumbering 216 as 214, 217 as 215, 220 as 218, 221 as 219, 224 as 222.]

Fingerprint

a-i- t.de n.on C’Et 3 M.D.LXVII.

Contents

A1ro: title; A1vo: privilege: granted to Plantin, dated Brussels, 24 February (no year); A2ro: dedication: Plantin to the reader, dated 25 October 1566; A3ro: dedication: to Emperor Maximilian II, ends A5vo; A6ro: emblems begin, and end P7ro; P7vo-P8vo: blank.

Layout

165 emblems: each has a Latin title, followed by a woodcut, followed in turn by a French text. The poems are of variable length. Text in italic, 66mm for 20 lines.

GUL: SMAdd429: A7v-A8r. Actual page height: 122mm.
GUL: SMAdd429: A7v-A8r. Actual page height: 122mm.

Remarks

Plantin also printed the original Latin edition in 1564 (reproduced here), with new editions in 1566, 1569, 1576, and 1584. Grévin did not translate 2 of the original 167 Latin emblems.

References

Praz, p. 487; Landwehr, 678; Voet, 2174.

Copies located

A List of Library symbols can be found here.

Bel *AMPM
Bel *BBRKB
Fra *GBM (title damaged)
Fra *PBArs (imperfect)
Fra *PoBM
Fra *VBM
FRG *MSB
UKi *GU
USA *CSmH
USA MoU
USA *NjP
USA *NN

 

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