Editions on CD:


• Corpus of Spanish Emblem Books

• The Golden Age of European Emblematics

• Emblems of Wither & Rollenhagen

• Alciato, Emblemata. Critical Edition

• Emblems of the Society of Jesus

• Renaissance Books of Imprese

• Baroque Repertories of Imprese


• Hieroglyphics

• Animal Symbolism

• Mythographies


• Renaissance Numismatics

• Complete Works of Hubert Goltzius

proverbial wisdom

• Erasmus’ Adagia. Versions and Sources


• Covarrubias, Tesoro de la lengua española

complete works

• Baltasar Gracián

Treasures of Kalocsa

• Book of Psalms
MS 382, c. 1438


6. Renaissance Books of Imprese

Presentation by Sagrario López Poza

WITH ITS PECULIAR WAY of putting wit to the test, the impresa, or device, also contains its own definition, a way of presenting itself in a determined way, with a specific image and values. For these reasons, the books of imprese quickly became the favored genre of the Renaissance. Their proximity to emblems, the love of encoded expression, the inclusion of erudite commentaries of varied kinds and the practice of literary academies all help to explain their success and widespread dissemination. They are books crammed with news: from classical historiography to contemporary events, including animalistic, astrological and poetic curiosities, or even the relation of customs.

The importance of this CD does not reside solely in the list of complete works published, but also in the textual and iconographical indices, which can be used to locate the materials cited time and time again throughout Europe, which have nevertheless been difficult to trace, until now. Thus the reader will find readilly available, for example, all of the mottoes along with their sources, or the names of all the illustrious personages who had imprese crafted for them: that is to say, an editorial history of the genre.

We offer a critical edition — all of the translations and commentaries, as well as our philological annotation — of two fundamental works, those of Claude Paradin and Paolo Giovio. In addition, we publish the books of imprese that helped forge the genre, as well as some titles from the beginning of the seventeenth century. Due to their great volume, we leave for another CD the immense materials from repertories and Baroque collections.

In preparation.


Titles included:

• Aleandro, Girolamo, Sopra l’impresa de gli Accademici Humoristi (Rome 1611)
• Ammirato, Scipione, Il Rota, ovvero delle imprese (Naples 1562)
• Aresi, Paolo, Delle Sacre Imprese (Tortona 1630)
• Bargagli, Scipione, Dell’imprese (Venice 1594)
• Camilli, Camillo, Imprese illustri (Venice 1586)
• Caburaccio, Francesco, Trattato ... di fare le Imprese (Bologna 1580)
• Capaccio, Giulio Cesare, Delle imprese (1592)
• Contile, Luca, Ragionamento sopra le imprese (Pavia 1574)
• D'Amboise, Adrian, Devises royales (Paris 1621)
• D'Amboise, François, Discours, ou traicté des devises (Paris 1620)
• Farra, Alessandro, Settenario dell’humana riduttione (1562)
• Fraunce, Abraham, Imprese (London 1588)
• Giovio, Paolo, Imprese — critical edition of all Italian editions (1555, 1556, 1557, 1559, 1561, 1574), and of the Spanish, French and English translations; Simeoni’s version in verse, and the books added by Domenichi, Ruscelli and Simeoni.
• Locarini, Alcibiade (L’Offizioso Accademico Intronato), Imprese (Siena 1629)
• Martini, Rolo, Overo cento imprese de gl’illustri Signori huomini d’arme Sanesi (Bologna 1591)
• Palazzi, Giovanni Andrea, Discorsi (Bologna 1575)
• Paradin, Guillaume, Devises heroiques — critical edition (all French editions, including the augmented edition with commentary of 1614; and the English, Latin and Dutch translations)
• Pietrasanta, Silvestro, De symbolis heroicis (Antwerp 1634)
• Ruscelli, Girolamo, Imprese (Venice 1574)
• Taegio, Bartolomeo, Il Liceo (Milan 1572)
• Tasso, Torquato, Dialogo dell’imprese (Naples ca. 1594)
• Tesauro, Emanuele, Il Cannocchiale Aristotelico, o sia Idea delle Argutezze Heroiche vulgarmente chiamate Imprese, et di tutta l’arte simbolica e lapidaria. (Venice, 1655)
• Trevisani, Cesare, La impresa ... ampiamente da lui stesso dichiarata (Genova 1569).


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