The English Emblem Tradition: Volume 4: William Camden, H.G., and Otto van Veen

By Peter Daly and Mary V. Silcox

© 1998

This volume of the Index Emblematicus deals with three early seventeenth-century works: Remaines of a Greater Worke Concerning Britaine, by William Camden; The Mirrour of Maiestie, by H.G.; and Otto van Veen's Amorum Emblemata. Camden's Remaines is noteworthy for using imprese in language as pictorial image; for mixing imprese with cognizance; and for considering impresa itself as the identity of the individual rather than as a general principle. H.G.'s Mirrour is remarkable in that every one of its emblems consists of a personal heraldic coat of arms of an identified statesman twinned with a pictorial engraving, motto, and epigram on an opposite page. Van Veen's Emblemata enters literary history as a volume of emblem pictures consecrated to secular love experience, encapsulating some of the conventions of the sonnet sequences and having a strong influence on religious love literature.

Each book is reproduced with critical and bibliographic introductions, translation of the poems and mottos, descriptions of the emblems, and indices to the visual and verbal components of the works.

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This volume of the Index Emblematicus deals with three early 17th-century works: Remaines of a Greater Worke Concerning Britaine, by William Camden / The Mirrour of Maiestie, by H.G. / Amorum Emblematta by Otto van Vee.

The English Emblem Tradition: Volume 4: William Camden, H.G., and Otto van Veen

By Peter Daly and Mary V. Silcox

© 1998

This volume of the Index Emblematicus deals with three early seventeenth-century works: Remaines of a Greater Worke Concerning Britaine, by William Camden; The Mirrour of Maiestie, by H.G.; and Otto van Veen's Amorum Emblemata. Camden's Remaines is noteworthy for using imprese in language as pictorial image; for mixing imprese with cognizance; and for considering impresa itself as the identity of the individual rather than as a general principle. H.G.'s Mirrour is remarkable in that every one of its emblems consists of a personal heraldic coat of arms of an identified statesman twinned with a pictorial engraving, motto, and epigram on an opposite page. Van Veen's Emblemata enters literary history as a volume of emblem pictures consecrated to secular love experience, encapsulating some of the conventions of the sonnet sequences and having a strong influence on religious love literature.

Each book is reproduced with critical and bibliographic introductions, translation of the poems and mottos, descriptions of the emblems, and indices to the visual and verbal components of the works.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Series: Index Emblematicus
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 400 pages
  • Dimensions: 8.8in x 1.3in x 11.3in
  • Author Information

    Peter M. Daly is a professor emeritus in the Department of German Studies at McGill University.



    Mary V. Silcox is Professor of English at McMaster University.

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