Definition of emblem book in English:

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emblem book

Entry from British & World English dictionary


A book of a kind popular in medieval and Renaissance Europe, containing drawings accompanied by allegorical interpretations.
Example sentences
  • She showed them examples of the many different forms a book can take, including a 16 th-century emblem book and artists' books by Robert Motherwell and Hanne Darboven.
  • The first printed emblem book, Andrea Alciato's Emblematum liber, can probably be traced in manuscript back to 1522 or even 1519.
  • They draw from these dramatic traditions while imitating the succession of allegorical images in emblem books.
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