This volume deals with the interrelation between English and Dutch culture as it emerged in the field of the emblem and the emblem book in the 16th and 17th centuries. The traffic of emblems was mostly from the Low Countries to England. The very first printed English emblem book, by Geffrey Whitney, was printed in Leiden in 1586. One of the last English emblem books to be published in the 17th century, by Philip Ayres (1683) goes straight back to the Dutch love emblem tradition (Heinsius, Vaenius, et al.).
The reasons for this mainly one-way traffic are manifold. For one thing the best engravers and printers were to be found in the Low Countries. For another the Church of England also accommodated adaptations of the highly popular continental Jesuit emblem books of the early 17th century.
The book consists of fourteen original articles, by a wide range of specialists in the field, each of whom addresses a different aspect of the general subject.
Bart Westerweel, Ph.D. (1983) is Professor of English Renaissance Literature and Director of the Sir Thomas Browne Institute at the University of Leiden. Recently he edited a book on Anglo-Irish Literary History (Amsterdam/Atlanta, 1995), and published on Spenser, Shakespeare, Herbert, emblems, and the Gothic novel.
It covers more ground [...] than one expects a book of essays to do - and [...] provides an excellent overview of current methologies in the field...' Alison Shell,
The Review of English Studies, 1999.
All those interested in Anglo-Dutch Relations, emblem studies, word and image relations, cultural history, literary history.