Tuesday Treasure – The Historie of the World, by Sir Walter Raleigh
While imprisoned in the Tower of London in the early seventeenth century, Sir Walter Raleigh, penned this work. While it proposed to be a history of the world, it was also identified as promoting the glories of the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, at the expense of her successor, King James I.
Completed in 1611 it was first published in 1614, and was followed by at least eleven editions. This copy was printed in 1634 and features two title pages, the first being a copy of the original (1614) which appeared in all subsequent editions up to 1652. The second the full title page and portrait of the author may also have appeared in other editions.
Emblem books were popular during this era. An emblem book required an image, a motto, and text explaining the meaning of the image and motto. This book is considered to be within that tradition.