Alciato's Book of Emblems
University Emblem Website
Glasgow University houses the Stirling Maxwell collection of emblem books
catalogue is conveniently on-line, though consult the main catalogue,
through the same address, for more recent purchases). Glasgow also has an
active community of emblem scholars (Centre for Emblem
Studies). The Glasgow site specializes in
French emblematic texts. The first projects are the Lefevre translation of
Alciato (1536) and the Aneau translation (1549).
Society for Emblem
This is the site for the Society. There is a useful page of links, and an
interesting account of the ongoing digitization project.
The Emblem Project
A sophisticated presentation of selected texts of Dutch love emblems.
Impressive documentation and presentation. Excellent bibliography and
The English Emblem Book
A project from the library of Pennsylvania State University in which ten
important English emblem books, some in late editions, have been scanned.
Along with the scans, a bibliography. The books are:
Ayres, Philip Emblemata amatoria, Emblemes d'amour en quatre
Wither's Collection of Emblemes Ancient and Moderne
B., R. [pseud for Nathaniel Crouch] Choice emblems, divine and
moral, antient and modern, or, Delights for the ingenious, in above fifty
select emblems ... with fifty pleasant poems and lots, by way of lottery,
for illustrating each emblem (6th ed, 1732)
G[oodyere], H[enry] The mirrour of maiestie, or, The badges of
honor conceitedly emblazoned (1618) [Not yet scanned]
Harvey, Christopher The School of the Heart, or, The heart of it
self gone away from God, brought back again to him, and instructed by him,
in 47 emblems (3rd ed, 1676)
Hugo, Herman Pia Desideria trans Edm. Arwaker (2nd ed,
Paradin, Claude The heroicall devises of M. Claudius Paradin,
Whereunto are added the Lord Gabriel Symeons and others. Trans
Quarles, Francis Emblems, divine and moral, together with
Hieroglyphicks of the life of man (unidentified ed of early 18c)
Whitney, Geffrey A Choice of Emblemes, and other devises, For
the moste part gathered out of sundrie writers, Englished and Moralized.
And divers newly devised (1586)
Wither, George A collection of Emblemes, Ancient and Moderne,
Quickened with metricall illustrations, both Morall and divine: And
Disposed into lotteries, that instruction, and good counsell, may bee
furthered by an honest and pleasant recreation (1635)
An imaginative description and partial presentation of Wither's important
emblem book of 1635, prepared by a group in a freshman class at Harvey
Mudd College. No scholarly authority, but well thought out.
A Collection of Emblemes, 1635
Preliminary work on a digital edition by well-known emblem scholars Peter
Daly and Alan Young.
A full set of scans of the 1531 text of Alciato, with summary emblem texts
in English, prepared by Bob Hay, who runs a web operation in Athens,
Georgia. Nice idea, but marred by typos and minimal sense of historical
Emblem Books in
An on-line catalogue of the collections of Leiden University Library, the
‘Maatschappijder Nederlandse Letterkunde’ and Bibliotheca Thysia.
books in the Libraries of Munich
The extensive "Liste der Emblembücher in Münchener
Bibliotheken" is available here as a downloadable rtf or older Word file.
An announcement of a collection of electronic texts, including the 1531
and 1621 Alciato texts, and various works and editions of Anacreon,
Cartari, Doni, Erasmus, Horapollo, Pausanias, Plutarch, Ripa. Not all
working when we last checked, but many useful links.
Compendio de Emblemas Españoles
The Compendium of
Illustrated Spanish Emblems is a CD-ROM and book project, now
completed and awaiting publication. The
work has been prepared by Antonio Bernat Vistarini (who also has a page on Spanish emblem
literature), John T. Cull, and Edward J. Vodoklys SJ, with Antonio
Fdez Coca as technical advisor. The Spanish participants are at the
Universitat de les Illes Balears in Mallorca, the English at the College
of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. The site shows sample
pages. The editors will include the Latin and English versions of Alciato
(taken from the Index Emblematicus by Peter Daly et al).
Investigación sobre Literatura Emblemática
This page announces the formation of a study group on Spanish emblem
literature, at the Universidade da Coruña. There is an excellent
Books: A Digital Imaging Project
This is a new project at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Alciato at the University of Brighton School of Design
An ambitious project at Leiden University in the study of iconology.
There is a plan to convert a number of emblem books into SGML.
Claude Paradin's Devises heroïques is the only one to be
converted so far, but Alciato is next. This site is technically
sophisticated, with the project intended to serve as a important scholarly
resource in icon
Elsewhere on the site there is an
interesting and thorough discussion of the adage festina
A few pages from an unidentified
French edition and a
German edition (Paris: Wechel 1542) of Alciato. The images are part of
a program of
Bibliography of On-line Neolatin Texts
A very useful list of some 120 Neolatin works currently on the Web,
prepared by Dana
Sutton, who teaches classics at University of California,
The site has moved to the University of Alberta. The "WWW
Resources" page gives an excellent survey of materials for the period.
Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies
page is another fine survey of Renaissance materials.
Voice of the Shuttle
Alan Liu's page of Renaissance
links may also be recommended.
As of fall 1997, no longer running. For information on a new
English translation, see our Bibliography on the
Hypnerotomachia. Francesco Colonna's Hypnerotomachia
Poliphili (or Dream-Strife of Poliphilus) is a remarkable
symbolic text of the 15th century, first printed by Aldus Manutius in
1499. The Information Media Design Group at Rutgers University is working
on a web reproduction of the 1499 edition, a summary text in English, and
the 1597 English translation. (Sam Hoyt, a designer for the project, has
allowed us to use the red and gold knot design you see below and on some
of our other pages. He used a Renaissance bookbinding as his
A complete scan of the 1499 text from MIT Press and the Design Knowledge
Systems Group at the Technical University of Delft, to accompany the new
book by Lianne Lefaivre (a study of the work, with an unusual claim that
the book is by Leon Battista Alberti). Some additional
information and graphics also provided.
Mateo / Mannheim Texts On
A rich collection of tests, some illustrated, from
the library of the University of Mannheim in Germany. Most interesting for
readers of Alciato site are the Aesop of
1501 and the full illustrations of Boissard's
portrait book of 1652-69, most of the plates reused from the edition
of 1597-9. Note that though beautifully scanned the image files are very
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