of Emblem Books: Geography and Genre
With the popularity of Alciati’s
emblem book, other authors were quick to begin writing their own emblems.
France, the Netherlands, Belgium, England, Spain, Germany, and Hungary
joined Italy in creating and publishing emblem books—both in universal
Latin and vernacular languages like French, German, Dutch/Flemish, Spanish,
While Emblematum Liber
gives a general moral overview of life, some emblem books have a
more specific theme and purpose. However, they all usually remain didactic.
Examples include emblem books dealing with love, politics, fables, and
both the Catholic and Protestant religions.