Whitney's "Choice of emblemes" : a fac-simile reprint : with an introductory dissertation, essays literary and bibliographical and explanatory notes / edited by Henry Green, M.A. With an introductory dissertation, essays literary and bibliographical, and explanatory notes.

By: Whitney, Geffrey, 1548?-1601? [author.]
Contributor(s): Green, Henry, 1801-1873 | Alciati, Andrea, 1492-1550 | Zsámboki, János, 1531-1584 | Paradin, Claude, 16th cent
Publisher: London : Lovell Reeve & co.; [etc., etc.], 1866.Description: 3 preliminary leaves, [v]-lxxxviii (i.e. xc) pages : facsimile (10 preliminary leaves, 230 pages, illustrations), [2], [231]-440 pages illustrations, 63 (i.e. 72) plates on 44 leaves, folded table ; 27 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeOther title: [Choice of emblemes and other devises] | [Choice of emblemes]Subject(s): Whitney family | Plantin, family of printers | Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Sources | Emblems -- Early works to 1800
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"A fac-simile reprint".

Reproduction of original title page: A choice of emblemes, and other devises, for the moste parte gathered out of sundrie writers, Englished and moralized. And divers newly devised, by Geffrey Whitney ... Imprinted at Leyden, In the house of Christopher Plantyn, by Francis Raphelengius. M.D. LXXXVI.

The facsimile (photolithographed) is in two parts.

Most of the emblems are from earlier works published by Plantin, more than half being identical with those in the works of Alciati, Paradin, and Sambucus. cf. p. 252.

The 72 "illustrative plates" (numbered 1-63) between pages 414 and [415] include facsimiles of many additional emblems, printers' devices, etc.

Genealogical tables of (1) "Whitney, of Whitney, in Herefordshire", and (2) "Whitney of Chinnor and Islip, Oxfordshire."

"Biographical notices of the printers Plantin and Rapheleng, and of the emblem-writers to whom Whitney was indebted": pages 266-292: "Shakespeare's references to emblem-books, and to Whitney's Emblems in particular": p. 293-312.