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Alciatus, Andreas

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Emblematum libellus. Paris: officina Christian Wechel, 1536

8vo (6 3/8 x 3 3/4 in.; 162 x 95 mm). Woodcut device of Pegasus, a cornucopia, and Mercury's wand on title repeated on last page, pages numbered, 113 woodcuts (the emblem on page 97 printed sideways) printed chiefly one to a page with short captions and with Alciati's Latin verse text below; title possibly washed with some attendant darkening and slightly short at fore-edge, text lightly browned. Early 20th-century calf, double-fillet border, spine richly gilt, dentelles, edges gilt, multi-color silk placeholder.


Landwehr, Romanic 15; Mortimer, French 13 note refers to a 1536 Latin edition in the Hofer Collection with page numbers not noted by Green;  not in Adams

Catalogue Note

Third edition of Alciatus in France "with new woodcuts superior to those of the Augsburg editions" (Landwehr). The emblems are attributed to Mercure Jollat. "It is the Paris edition which set the standard for the popular field of emblem literature" (Mortimer, French, no. 13, page 13). Wechel  published the first edition in France just two years before, but the work was so popular that an edition  appeared in 1535 and two Latin-French editions in 1536 (apart from the present all Latin edition of that year).