Friday, February 24, 2012
Junius: Emblemata et Aenigmata
Emblemata et Aenigmata by Hadrianus Junius (1565)
Hadrianus Junius is best known for his wonderful collection of Greek proverbs: Adagia: Proverbiorum, paroemiarum et parabolarum omnium collectio absolutissima (1643; Google Books edition). Unfortunately the Google Books scan is not the best for the image quality, but the book is very readable, with just a few blurry pages. Note that the commentary on the emblems comes after the presentation of the emblems, which are 58 in number. The riddles are 44 in number, and there is a poem which prefaces the riddles which contain their solutions.