Emblemata – Andrea Alciato (Black Letter Press)


Translated by Paul Summers Young
First edition, limited to 350 hand-numbered copies

Hardcover bound in Fedrigoni Imitlin
Measures 140×215 mm
120 gram black Endpapers
Printed on 115 g wood-free, age resistant Cream paper
Sewn Book Block
Ribbon marker and Headbands
Hotfoil on the front and spine,
Blind debossing on the back

2 in stock



Alciato was a jurist and writer, born in Milan in 1492, he is the founder of the school of legal humanists, but his most famous work remains the Emblemata, first published in 1531. This emblem book combines Latin verses with accompanying woodcuts creating a new genre that reached enormous popularity.

Starting as a companion to Adagia by Erasmus of Rotterdam the book became archetypal of a new way of relating art and literature through the glass of Iconography.

Our Edition follows the 1534 Emblematum Libellus, published in Paris by Weichel, being the first authorized version by Alciato himself. All the 113 illustrations are presented with great care in full details together with a new complete translation by Paul Summers Young.