An interesting coat of arms.

Hello all, I hope everyone got home all right. I have a question to put to the group. I was looking at old editions of Sannazaro today and I came across a gorgeous presentation copy of the De Partu Virginis printed in Naples in 1526 (possibly the editio princeps). I happened upon a coat of arms that seems quite interesting but can’t quite figure out where I should turn to look it up.

It’s a red circle with a grey column in the centre. The column has a gold base and a golden crown and is framed by V C in gold lettering. A wreath of green leaves with what looks like acorns surrounds the red circle and is tied with blue ribbon Xes at the top, bottom, left and right. None of the paratextual elements indicate a dedicatee, though there must have been one since the edition is in folio, on vellum and has hand painted initials throughout along with this vivid coat of arms.

Does anyone know anything about this device or any good works on sixteenth-century Italian heraldry?




Welcome to the Renaissance Polyglot blog,

It is hoped that through this blog we can continue our discussions and conversations that we had at Warwick in July 2012. Perhaps it would be best to begin with a discussion of what kind of space this blog ought to be. I would put forward that we should feel free to share our ideas and our work insofar as it relates to the questions we addressed, along with methodological hints, tips and queries. Also, please feel free to add to the links section on the right.

What questions do you have coming out of this workshop? What questions did the workshop help you answer? What is a reading public and what does it mean to receive a text?