Sample Pages from the Emblematum liber of 1531


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We have given these sample pages oversized, so you can read the type that goes with them. The original book, an octavo (signed A-E in 8, F in 4), measures 14.3 x 8.4 cm.

Page A1 recto (title page) [As was customary, the publication information is not given here, but on the colophon, F3 verso, which reads "Excusum Augustae Vindelicorum, per Heynricum Steynerum die 28. Februarij, Anno M. D. XXXI."]

Page A3 recto (In silentium: silent scholar), the same as Emblem 11 in 1621. [On this page you can see the end of one poem at the top, the motto, picture, and text for In silentium and the title for the next emblem, all on one page. This kind of layout is corrected in 1534, as you can see on page 7.]

Page B2 recto (Princeps subditorum incolitatem procurans: dolphin and anchor), the same poem as Emblem 144 in 1621. [The picture is interesting in the way it alludes to, but does not precisely imitate, the famous printer's mark of Aldus Manutius (see Commentary for Emblem 144).]

Page B7 recto (Non tibi sed religioni: ass carrying the image of the god), the same as Emblem 7 in 1621. [On this page, a title hangs at the bottom.]

Page C7 recto (In astrologos: astrologer) [The same poem as Emblem 113 in 1621, though the picture is wrong, depicting Thales, or some other ancient philosopher, tripping over a brick, not Icarus falling from the sky (see Commentary for Emblem 113). The image was corrected on page 57 of the authorized edition of 1534.]


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