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The Emblem in Early Modern Europe: Contributions to the Theory of the Emblem Hardcover – 28 Jun 2014

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (28 Jun. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1472430131
  • ISBN-13: 978-1472430137
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 2.5 x 23.5 cm
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,152,895 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'The principal strength of the book is Daly's immersive philological method; he collates his material and selected images from several book cultures (impressive enough!), and he also supplies some close and measured distinctions. For example, he organizes his data into cultural units, such as Dutch emblem-books, English emblem-books, Jesuit emblem-books, "realistic" emblem-books, and so on. Daly's discussion of page design and the physical layout of emblem pages in the printed emblem-books is entirely useful; he shows, with numerous examples, that the emblem presentation in most early-modern printed books had its own signature structure (or "visual rhetoric"): viewers were engaged optically and mentally as the eye would scan over an entire page, seeking to decode and grasp the message of the emblem and 'language' of the page. (Early cerebrations for the early-modern brain, indeed!)' Appositions

About the Author

Peter M. Daly has degrees from universities in Bristol and Zurich and spent most of his university career in Canada. His research and publications have been largely on emblems and German baroque literature.

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