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Though I cannot estimate how many emblems exist in total, the Emblematica Online projects have tagged 28,313 emblems with Iconclass notations, though they have more emblems they have yet to code with metadata.
Of those emblems, my dataset includes only 1,517; approximately 5.4% of those tagged, as visualised below.
My dataset, while including more emblems than I could hope to analyse through close reading, contains only a small fraction of all existent emblems. Finding God in the Metadata: Distant Reading and Emblem Studies by Aaron Ellsworth is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 International License.Acknowledgements and Method Before going further; I must acknowledge the work of my collaborators on this project.The data for my project comes from Emblematica Online; the goal of the project behind that site is to make the emblem book collections of six academic institutions, from North America and Europe, readily accessible and useful to scholars; part of that goal involves the process of marking up each and every emblem. Wade, the project’s principle investigator, along with Timothy Cole and Janina Sarol who gathered the data for me, and asked pertinent questions.Therefore, the site has approximately 56% of Alciato’s texts using Visser, or 37% using Daly.
Assuming that such a ratio can be attributed to the entire Emblematica Online collection, undoubtedly a weak assumption at best, then one could estimate the total of existent emblem books.
Each spreadsheet includes two types of metadata revealing context: bibliographical data – such as publication location, language, and date – for the historical/cultural context; and a list of all the Iconclass notations associated with each emblem for the Iconographic context.