Emblems and enigmas: our latest acquisition

University of Glasgow Library

We were recently able to acquire another emblem book for our Stirling Maxwell collection thanks to help towards its purchase from the National Fund for Acquisitions (NFA). It is copy of the edition of Alciato’s Emblematum Liber, produced in Lyons in 1547 by Jean de Tournes and Guillaume Gazeau.

Jean de Tournes emblem book

This is a significant addition to our collection, being the first edition of Alciato’s two books of emblems printed together. The woodcuts in this book are also of importance since they are the first use of the exquisite blocks that are attributed to the renowned artist Bernard Salomon. All subsequent editions of Alciato’s emblem book descend from these cuts. This book has now been catalogued as Sp Coll S.M. Add. 462 and is available for consultation in our reading room. If, in the meantime, you are intrigued to find out more about emblem books in general and our peerless collection…

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