Emblemata Amatoria.: 75 Odes to Love
Camerarius, G. Venice, P.P. Tozzi, (1627). Oblong 24mo. 19th-century red morocco, spine ribbed and gilt, with gilt triple fillet borders on sides
First and only edition of a very beautiful emblembook, inspired on the love-emblems by Crispyn de Passe, from his “Tronus Cupidinis” and his “Fons Amoris”. In his foreword the author explains that he wants the Italians also to enjoy the beautiful love-emblems from the books of Heinsius and Otto Vaenius, but the poems, he assures his readers, are all by his own hand. The first emblem is an armorial one on the family of Dominico Molina, his maecenas, to whom Camerarius also dedicated the book. The last four emblems are on the death-tombs of the King of France, the Bishop of Ferrara, a friend, and his father. So there are 75 love-emblems, all beautifully designed and engraved, with accompanying verse on the opposite page. The colophon on recto of last blank leaf reads: “Venetiis, 1627. Ex Typographia Sarcinea.” An Italian translation was made by Allessandro Adimari, but was only published some centuries later, in 1898.