Thursday, November 22, 2007



The Anchor and Dolphin emblem is called an impresa, a form of pictorial puzzle popular in renaissance Italy. The picture illustrates a motto, in this case a saying of the emperor Augustus that Aldus knew from Suetonius' biography and from the Noctes Atticae of Aulus Gellius: Festina lente, "Make haste slowly." The anchor was symbolic of slowness and the dolphin of speed, an apt representation of the printer's painstaking and relentless style of work.


I got to thinking about "impresa"...lemegolook...


Hire a poet.
One of the simplest ways to find a good impresa was to pay someone else to do it.
In 1613, the Earl of Rutland paid Shakespeare 44 gold shillings to compose an impresa.
Ben Jonson wrote speeches for the Rich brothers to use in the presentation of their imprese; he probably composed the imprese, as well. (However, Jonson also wrote a satirical poem about knights who couldn't create their own imprese!)
The writer of this article is quite willing to follow in such illustrious footsteps.

Gotta wonder what Shakespeare came up with??

That's a good explanation at that site. I have one...borrowed somewhat...a leaping dolphin and the motto from the Nautilus in 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea....mobilis n in a mobile environment.
Well, I started googling images of dolphin anchor...which I've done before...and it's fun as there's a variety of things people are making of them.
End of the March of the Penguins on when I came home..then a tale of a pet hippo in South orangutans...
Tree in the Door
Nov. 22, 2007

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