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Emblematic imagery - 17th Century Frontispiece engravings
Many books, during the 17th and 18th centuries, adopted a frontispiece engraving opposite the letterpress title page. This could be tipped into the letterpress book after printing and was less expensive and time consuming than printing an engraving on the title page. Often these frontispieces symbolically summarised the contents of the book.
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Riches inventions 1600

Thesaurinella Olympica 1608

Princes fortunes 1610

Toyson d'Or 1613

Hellwig 1637

Agricola 1638

Kirsten 1648

Annibal Barlet 1651

Natur-Kündigung 1661

Oedipus chimicus 1664

Luigi de Conti 1 1664

Luigi de Conti 2 1664

Helvetius 1667

Hermetisches kleeblatt 1667

Geber, 1668

Physica subterranea 1669

Kerckring 1671

Charas, Viper 1672

Ercker, 1673