Toronto [Ont.] : University of Toronto Press, 1988.
Book — 1 online resource (XVI, 483 pages) : illustrations.
A theatre for worldlings / Jan van der Noot
The worthy tract of Paulus Jovius / Paolo Giovio
Certain noble devises both militarie and amorous / Lodovico Domenichi
A choice of emblemes / Geffrey Whitney.
Interest in creating emblematic devices, fashionable during the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries, did not disappear in England with the demise of the tournament and the Stuart masque. Alan R. Young examines the hundreds of emblematic devices used by the warring parties on their military flags during and immediatley after, the English Civil Wars. To be fully understood, these emblematic devices must be 'read' as part of the massive propaganda war waged by the different factions. This collection throws light on the nature of the conflicts that led to the civil wars, based on the views set forth in the emblems and mottoes designed by the men who risked their lives in the cause of Parliament, king, covenant, or Irish Confederacy. Unlike earlier volumes in the Index Emblematicus series, which draw on printed emblem books as their sources, The English Emblem Tradition, Volume 3 brings together a corpus of material that was previously scattered widely among a number of surviving manuscripts. Wherever possible, carefully drawn illustrations of details of the flags have been reproduced from the original manuscripts. The flags are listed in alphabetical order by motto ( the mottoes are translated from the original Latin, French, Spanish, and other languages). A series of concordances, indexes, and lists makes the volume extremely accessible. Because of the unusual nature of the source material, a lengthy introductory essay is provided to explain the indexing of the text. (source: Nielsen Book Data)
The emblem, occupying a territory bordering literature and fine arts, was long unclaimed by scholars. But recently emblems have become the subject of resurgent interest as a key element in semiotics, communications theory, and the sociology of production and reception. his volume (the first of a series dealing with the English tradition) follows the two devoted to the emblems of Andreas Alciatus in Latin and in the main vernacular translations which comprise volume 1 of the Index Emblematicus. The books indexed in this volume are: Jan van der Noot's A Theatre for Voluptuous Worldlings (London 1569), The Worthy Tract of Paulus Jovius translated by Samuel Daniel and including Daniel's collection of 'certaine notable devises both militarie and amorous' from Domenichi (liondon 1585), and Geoffrey Whitney's A Choice of Emblemes and Other Devises (Leyden 1586). For each, Daly provides an introductory and bibliographic note; facsimilies of the emblems, and with each a description of pictures, translations of mottoes, a list of key words from the epigram, and information on dedicatee, bearer (of impresa), and references; and indexes to the various fields of information which make up each emblem or impresa as a whole. All key words are flagged. The object of this work is identification rather than interpretation. Together with those which will follow, it is an important step toward the establishment of an essential foundation on which to build emblem studies. (source: Nielsen Book Data)