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Jacob Bruck published in 1615 his “Emblemata moralia et bellica”, of which the title page already shows a snail.

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It is part of the motto of the author, ‘Nil ultra’, which shows a crowned snail on a ring in a landscape with people carrying bags from a city to a cloister, driven forward by a man with a rod.

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The snail is sinistral with both large and small tentacles shown, spiral bands suggesting the colour pattern on the shell, topped with a crown.

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On page 37 we find a second snail under the emblem “Tandem sero licet” [Finally, through too late], apparently referring to the slowness of the snail.

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The snail is here a dextral specimen, seen in top view, with only the two larger tentacles shown.

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Notes:
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