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A Topographer's Eye: From Gilles Corrozet To Pieter Apian

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The common gastropod is the subject of the twentieth emblem of Gilles Corrozet's Hécatomgraphie, a vernacular variant on Andrea Alciati's immensely successful Emblematum libellus first published in 1534. Self-containment is the virtue that would seem to be the logical correlative to the image. From this standpoint the design of the Cosmographia in which the similitude is found merits closer inspection. The manual everywhere begs its readers - presumably students in geography - to take cognizance of the world by asking where their bodies are located in respect to other places.

Keywords: Cosmographia; Gilles Corrozet; Pieter Apian



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