Le Centre de l’Amour (ca. 1687)


Le Centre de l’amour: decouvert soubs divers emblesmes galans et facetieux; illustrated by Peter Rollos; ca. 1687; A Paris chez Cupidon.

With its full title translating as “The centre of love: discovered through various emblems, gallant and facetious”, this delightfully illustrated emblem book is an exploration of all corners of seventeenth-century courtship and love. The wonderful set of copper engravings are by Peter Rollos (active 1619-1639), and were previously published around 1630 in Berlin (see our highlights below). For this later Parisian edition — published “chez Cupidon” — a preface has been added and additional text in French.

For more love-themed emblems also check out the excellent Emblems of Love, in Four Languages: Dedicated to the Ladys (1683).

Housed at: Internet Archive | From: University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Underlying Work: PD Worldwide | Digital Copy: No Additional Rights
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