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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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Tripus hermeticus 1689

Triomphe hermetique 1689

Ubigerus 1690

Thresor 1693

Ettner 1696

Triomphe hermetique 1699