A Century of Emblems: An Introductory Anthology

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Mosley, Charles
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1989
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This book covers the century from 1550-1650. The groundbreaking work of Alciato helps to create those parameters with his publication of emblems in 1551. Part of my fascination with this book lies in fables, and part in the involvement of Jesuits in the cultivation of emblem-books. I have set aside the second to pursue the first. Let me note some of the places where fables come up in this book. Fables are not as prominent as I had thought in the genesis of emblem-books. They come up here on 12 as a general source for the genre and on 52 a propos of Henryson's fable of the deceitful fowler. A fable is again mentioned on 103 with Alciato's emblem "Non tibi sed religioni," about the ass that took the veneration given to the symbol on his back as given to him. That fable and emblem are nicely presented on 107. After that, I believe that "fable" and "Aesop" do not occur again in this book. The book is, from my perspective, just what it presents itself to be: an excellent introduction into and anthology of the genre of emblem.
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