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University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Digital Emblematica

The Digital Emblematica collection highlights a fraction of the internationally renowned emblem book collection owned by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Published in Germany, France, Italy, Spain and England, each digitized book can contain up to 1,500 emblems to peruse. These 17th and 18th Century creations typically link together three constitutive elements — a motto, an illustration or "pictura" in the form of a woodcut or engraving, and an explanatory poem or "subscriptio."