Andrea Alciato re-published by Adelphi

The Italian publisher Adelphi has printed a new edition of Alciato's Emblem Book (Il libro degli Emblemi).
According to this web page, It includes the Latin text based on the first two editions (1531, 1534), the Italian translation, illustrations from the 1559 and 1621 editions, and an extended comment. I have not seen the book yet, but Adelphi is an excellent publisher and I expect this edition to be valuable.


Re: Andrea Alciato re-published by Adelphi

Hi - Thanx for the tip on this. I only have digital facsimiles of emblem books.

I have to correct the post on the dating of the editions which the illos are taken from. It is '1550' (not 1559.) and '1621' ... 8845924416
In fact I can't find a 1559 edition for Emblemata, (though there is another book of Alciato's published for that year).

I have a link to the 1621 edition
This is what John Manning ('The Emblem" 2002) calls the "mammoth" edition of 1621 printed by Tozzi in Padua. a guy named Lorenzo Pignoria "advised...Tozzi on the production of a new set of cuts...". These were apparently used in a 1618 edition, then the famous 1621 ed.

As I understand Manning, the original Emblemata, had no Illustrations. It was a collection of witty and ribald epigrams done during saturnalia and distributed to friends as a jest, in 1522(?). One decade later a printer got hold of one of these privately distributed manuscripts and put out an unauthorized edition. Possibly inspired by illustrated editions of Aesops Fables and Ovid, it was the printer who concocted the emblem book we know today, in which the illustrations plays such a central role. Manning says the illustrations were done by artists who did not understand or care to follow the text. Many people complained about this. Pignoria finally instituted a 'correction', attempting to produce an edition with illos that fit the text. Alciato apparently collaborated on later editions of his purloined material, but he was long in the grave when this Tozzi edition appeared with it's 'more better pictures'.
It is interesting that In fn 16 to Ch 3 Manning notes that Pignoria and Tozzi had previously worked together on an edition of Vincenzo Cartari.

I don't have a link for the 1550 edition. But I do have a link to a 1576 edition from the same printer.
It might have the identical illustrations. -Maybe someone on this forum has this 1550 edition and can say for sure.
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Re: Andrea Alciato re-published by Adelphi

Thanx for reminding me about this site. I tend to ignore, and forget about the Glasgow site because the facsimiles are sooo low-rez, and you can't save the books as pdfs. However, it is a great site for english translations of quite a few french and italian emblem books - a hard thing to find.

So I compared the illos of the 1550 editon on Glasgow site to the illos in the 1576 edition at the link I posted above. They are the same. But the 1550 at Glasgow shows 211 emblems where the 1576 edition only has 180 emblems. The second and the third are missing, for instance.

also, The 1550 edition has omitted the infamous emblem 80, which can be seen full page in the 1621 edition linked to above, and, just in case Adelphi has chosen to omitt this particular emblem too, I have uploaded the actual cut in the attachment directly below
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For anyone interested, there is a book by Henry Green called 'Andrea Alciati and his books of emblems; a biographical and bibliographical study' (1872), which is supposed to have a complete list of all known editons at the time. ... 00greegoog
Deliver me from reasons why you'd rather cry - I'd rather fly...
Jim Morrison - The Crystal Ship

Re: Andrea Alciato re-published by Adelphi

Well, I've been rooting around on the Internet and on my external hard-drive archives, and I've got some more -

Regarding Emblem 80 - Apparently, the illustration for emblem 80 (often referred to as "the so-called obscene emblem 80") first appeared in the 1546 edition. This emblem has the title 'Adversus Naturam Peccantes'. It seems to have been suppressed in all editions after that of 1546 until the "mammoth" or "monster" edition of 1621.
The Memorial University of Newfoundland has a site - 'Alciato's Book of Emblems-The Memorial Web Edition in Latin and English'. Here there is a commentary on emblem 80 of the 1546 edition
and a very lo-rez repro of the offensive illo as it was rendered in the earlier form of 1546.
There is a 2004 edition from Mcfarland - 'The Emblematum Liber in Latin and English
Andrea Alciati Translated and Edited by John F. Moffitt'. ... 864-1807-7
The McFarland website says "The collection includes as an appendix the formerly suppressed emblem, "Adversus Naturam Peccantes," accompanied by a translation of the learned commentary applied to it by Johann Thuilius in 1612." :)

Regarding the new Adelphi edition - According to the Newfoundland site, there are 5 principal editions - 1531, 1534, 1546, 1550, 1621.
1531 is the first edition, and an unauthorized one. 1534 is a second edition, in which Alciato is said to have played a role, because he was unhappy with some things about the first edition. 1546 is an expanded edition in which Alciato added "86 hitherto unpublished emblems, gathered by Petrus Rhosithinus" according to the Newfoundland site. 1550 is the last authorized edition in which Alciato played a role, before his death. 1621 is the last word in Emblemata by Alciato, with new designs for the illos and extensive and detailed commentaries on each emblem. A huge book, a monster.

The Adelphi website says it has used the 1531 and the 1534 editions for the text, and the 1550 and 1621 editions for the illos.
As it turna out, I have copies, and thus links for all four of these.
1621- (as posted above)
Deliver me from reasons why you'd rather cry - I'd rather fly...
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