This project offers access to all the French Emblem Books of the 16th century, along with their Latin versions when appropriate. While the seed of the emblem as a genre was sown in Germany in 1531, it flowered and developed in France during the 16th century, and it was from there that it spread throughout Europe. The project site has been developed, with generous funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council under the Resource Enhancement Scheme. All but two of the emblem books digitised are from the Stirling Maxwell Collection in Glasgow University Library. The Bodleian Library and the Bibliothèque Mazarine have generously made material available to enable the complete corpus to be presented. The Project is undertaken within the Open Emblem initiative.
The project involved close cooperation with HATII and Special Collections, Glasgow University Library.