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[TAROT, PIQUET].
Accademia di giuochi o regole del picchetto, del tarocco e del commercio.
Verona, Tipografia Bisesti, 1827. 71, [1] pages, including one diagram in text. In original printed wraps, enclosed in modern (?) marbled paper . Ink reference number on upper wrap. Reference: CLIO 1, p. 13. Good
¶ Handbook for the rules of the early modern card games Piquet and Tarot, and for the 19th-century card game Commerce. Example in the Marciana is the only other copy recorded.
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Book number: 6077
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[REMONDINI, GIOVANNI ANTONIO, PRINTER].
Battaglia di Bradamante, dove s'intende come un Saracino essendo innamorato in lei venne in Francia, e combattendo con la detta Bradamante fu da lei valorosamente ammazzato....
Padova and Bassano, Giovanni Antonio Remondin [sic], Before 1670. 16mo (14 cm); [32] pages. Title page within typographic border. Four woodcut vignettes, including one on title page. In later marbled cloth wrapper. Pages evenly toned. Very Good
¶ Giovanni Antonio Remondin (as he was then known) rented his first press in Bassano del Grappa in 1657, and among the earliest editions printed there were small chivalric romances such as this one. They sold like hotcakes. (The Venetian Republic limited the publication of new and "important" material to the city of Venice, while provincial printers were limited to municipal announcements, religious texts, and popular literature.) Remondin printed them in large numbers on cheap paper and sold them in sheets, ready to be folded and cut by the vendor. The romance offered here, in 127 eight-line stanzas, describes how the great female warrior Bradamante competes triumphantly in a joust against a Saracen (with the peers of Charlemagne in the audience) using her magical lance that will unseat any rider. By 1670, Remondin Italianized his Venetian name to Remondini, the name by which he is known to posterity, and began gunning for a bigger market. By 1711, the year of his death, left his family a vast network of businesses consisting of popular prints, religious books, decorated paper, wallpaper for export, a wool mill, a dye factory, and a thread plant. Disposable as they were, early examples of Remondini's popular romances rarely survive. This one is noted in the Bibliothèque National in Paris, but no other libraries report holding it, not even in Italy. Not in Melzi. Not in the Plimpton Collection at Wellesley.
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Book number: 6081
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Keywords: Women Warriors Chivalric Romance Remondini Orlando Furioso Ariosto

 
[MINCHIATE].
Capitolo relativo al giuoco delle minchiate.
Florence, Stamperia Granducale, 1827. 16 cm; 22 pages. Disbound in modern (?) marbled paper wrappers. Pages lightly toned with scattered stains throughout. Good
¶ Florentine in every aspect, this little didactic essay on the card game associated with that city is written entirely in terza rima, the three-line stanza of interlaced rhymes invented by Dante Alighieri (among the most famous citizens of Florence). Not found in any available union catalogue.
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Book number: 6078
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Keywords: card games Florence Terza rima Didactic poetry

 
[BIGHELLI, VINCENZO].
Compendio istorico e cronologico delle ragioni, e proprietà della città di Brescia sopra li tre fiumi Oglio, Chiese, e Mella.
Brescia, dalla stamperia della nobile congregazione delegata, 1800, First edition. Quarto (28 cm); 140, [2] pages. Engraved crest of the city's department of rivers and canals on title page; and three additional engraved vignettes, two of them of hydraulic equipment. Printed on heavy stock. Bound in contemporary polychrome marbled stiff paper. Covers rather dusty , with wear to edges and spine. Dampstains at upper right corner of title page, and in margins of last leaves. Few marginal notes in pencil. Reference: Melzi 1, p. 233 (1806 edition). Good
¶ Compendious history of the waterways of Brescia, including the three navigable rivers and the system of irrigation canals. Interesting history of water rights, engineering, and the social impact of waterways.
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Book number: 6098
USD 450.00 [Appr.: EURO 407.75 | £UK 355.75 | JP¥ 48774]
Keywords: hydrology canals water rights river navigation irrigation

 
[REPUBLIC OF WEST FLORIDA].
The Courier.
London, Tuesday, January 15,, 1811. #4,891. Price, sixpence-halfpenny. 324 x 488 mm, [4] pages, four columns per page. Tax stamp, ownership stamp of the Paisley Coffee Room [Scotland]. Folds, else fine.
¶ Fascinating issue of the Courier. Includes pre-graphic advertising (for soap, remedies, books, etc.), and full-text accounts of speeches in Parliament. Of interest is an exchange of correspondence on the short-lived Republic of West Florida, an area made up of the eastern parishes of modern Louisiana, including Baton Rouge, that declared independence in 1810. In 1803, the US and Spain disputed the territory, as a population of English-speaking Americans grew in the area. The Americans attacked the Spanish fort at Baton Rouge on the date of the letter reproduced in this paper (23 September 1810) and declared an independent state. The letter is addressed to Governor of the Mississippi Territory, effectively requesting the recognition of the United States. A second letter, dated November 15, 1810, effectively rejects the state's declaration of independence, on the grounds that the territory was part of the Louisiana Purchase and is therefore integral to the United States.
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Book number: 5772
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Keywords: Baton Rouge Louisiana

 
[PASINI, GIUSEPPE].
Dizionario delle favole per uso delle scuole d'Italia ove compendiosamente descrivesi tutto ciò che è necessario, non solo alla intelligenza de' poeti, ma de' quadri ancora, e delle statue, i di cui soggetti sono cavati dalla storia politica
Venice, Francesco Andreola, 1818, Nuova edizione. 17 cm; 214 pages. Bound in contemporary 1/4 sheep over marbled boards. Shelf worn. Pages toned and moderately foxed. Useful condition. Good
¶ Nth edition of the popular dictionary of mythology used as an auxiliary text in Italian schools at the turn of the 18th century. Pasini was responsible for the earliest editions, although his name appears nowhere in the present edition.
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Book number: 4417
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Keywords: mythology dictionaries

 
[ABU SHE YING ; PENGCUO LANGJIE BIAN].
Donggar Cave Murals in Ngari Prefecture [Zhongguo Xizang Ali Dongga bi hua].
Beijing, Zhongguo da bai ke quan shu chu ban she, 1998. 18, 135 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm. Preface in Chinese, Tibetan, English, and Japanese. Soft cover, Very good; slight edge wear along top edge. ISBN: 7500059019
¶ Color illustrations of Buddhist mural painting and decoration in Tibet.
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Book number: 5674
USD 120.00 [Appr.: EURO 108.75 | £UK 95 | JP¥ 13006]
Keywords: Tibetan Buddhism Buddhist mural paintings Buddhist art 7500059019

 
[ANTHOLOGY].
English Lyrics.
London, Kegan Paul, Trench, & Co., 1885. Boards, Octavo (17 cm); xiii, 296 pages. Bound in faux vellum. Title in red on upper board and spine. Edges untrimmed. Binding mottled with age, else fine. Very Good
¶ Anthology of English poetry published for the gift trade in 1885, still the Victorian age. Indeed there is a gift inscription in ink: "Inspirations to the Celtic bard, from a Saxon." Interesting to consider who among the poets represented is still well-known, and who is forgotten. Charles Sedley? Winthrop M. Praed? Hartley Coleridge? Yet Blake is there, and all the Metaphysicals (I thought their popularity came later). Two female poets are represented: Aphra Behn (1642-1689) and Anna L. Barbauld (1743-1825). The editor is not named.
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Book number: 5577
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Keywords: anthology English poetry women poets

 
[ZAKARIAN, TOMAS].
The gods of the Egyptians: the creation.
Cairo, Tomas Zakarian, n.d. [1930?]. Wrappers, 4 volumes only (of 6); 64 (of 96) mounted chromolithograph cards (16 per volume) of Egyptian deities and figures, each with glassine tissue guard. Letterpress explanation to each card. Bound in original brown wraps. Spines variously abraded, but all volumes still sound and entire. Good
¶ A sort of field guide to Egyptian deities published by the bookseller Tomas Zakarian in the first part of the 20th century for English-speaking visitors. Zakarian writes in preface: "With great difficulty I succeeded to collect from different sources teh necessary knowledge of the original colouring and others hundredfold details, nd with pleasure I now publish this work..."
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Book number: 5637
USD 40.00 [Appr.: EURO 36.25 | £UK 31.75 | JP¥ 4335]

 
[CALIFORNIA GOLD RUSH].
The Illustrated London News.
London, Vol. XIV, #357, February 10, 1849. PAPER BOUND, 40 cm; pp. 81-96. Woodcut illustrations. Disbound; outer bifolium split along fold. Horizontal fold. Good
¶ Contains appropriately illustrated articles on "The Gold-Seekers of California" and on "The Hudson Bay Company and Vancouver Ilsand."
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Book number: 5352
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Keywords: California Gold Rush Forty-niners Hudson's Bay Company Vancouver

 
[DICTIONARY].
Illustrated pronouncing pocket dictionary of the English language.
New York, London, and Glasgow, Published for the Trade, 1877, Later printing. 14 cm; 318 pages. Text in three columns in 4-point type. Bound in stamped cloth, quite worn and creased. Early owner's inscription on front blank. Poor.
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Book number: 5862
USD 9.00 [Appr.: EURO 8.25 | £UK 7.25 | JP¥ 975]

 
[DOLCE, LODOVICO].
Lettere di diversi eccellentiss[imi] huomini raccolte da diverse libri: tra le quali se ne leggono molte, non più stampate, con gli argomenti per ciascuna delle materie, di che elle trattano, e nel fine una tavola delle cose più notabili, a commodo de gli studiosi.
Venice, Gabriel Giolito de' Ferrari, 1559. soft cover, Octavo (17cm); 488, [16] pages. Giolito device (phoenix atop flaming orb) on title page; alternate device (phoenix facing the sun) on colophon page. Woodcut initials and ornaments throughout. Bound for utility in contemporary flexible vellum, worn and discolored in places, and not entirely entire. Text block sound and generally in very good condition, with few stains. Early ownership inscription in ink in upper margin of title page. Notation in early hand on rear blank, later notes on last two text pages. Generally, a clean, sound copy in well-worn binding. Preserved in custom-made cloth clamshell box with title label on spine. Reference: Bongi, II,67; Gamba, 1462 (1554 ed.; also citing a 1558 edition which does not appear to have actually existed). Very Good
¶ In the context of Renaissance society, publishing a well-crafted letter was one more way for courtiers and notables to broadcast their refinement, like wearing the clothes we see in Renaissance portraiture. Private letters were indeed public matter, enthusiastically shared and discussed. Some letters became famous. Paolo Manuzio issued collections of letters, and Giolito followed. Giolito had his resident scholar, Lodovico Dolce, create a "greatest hits" volume of letters that had appeared in print in a wide variety of sources. Dolce set out to collect "the most beautiful letters and the ones of greatest value." First published in 1554, the collection became a model for Italian prose, as well as a storehouse of stories about 16th-century celebrities. The book was produced in small quantity and quickly sold out. A second edition was necessary, and Dolce prepared it with a completely new dedication, and with notable changes in content from the 1554 edition, including the addition of several letters by Giulia da Ponte. Of the two editions, Bongi writes "both are very uncommon, and highly sought by collectors. Since there are notable differences between the two, with each containing letters that are missing in the other, both would be worthy of acquisition by a true devotee." (Bongi I, 442).
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Book number: 5511
USD 1000.00 [Appr.: EURO 906.25 | £UK 790.5 | JP¥ 108386]

 
Macrocosmos: a poem.
New York, Alfred A. Knopf, 1930. 4to, 32 pages. Bound in pictorial boards designed by Percy Smith, preserved in original slipcase. Slight darkening of outer leaves and spine; slipcase worn at edges. One of 500 copies for U.S. distribution signed by Laver. Very Good.
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Book number: 2770
USD 60.00 [Appr.: EURO 54.5 | £UK 47.5 | JP¥ 6503]

 
[CHOISEUL, ETIENNE-FRANÇOIS, DUC DE].
Memoire historique sur la negociation de la France et de l'Angleterre Depuis le 26 mars 1761, jusqu'au 20 septembre de la même année....
London, D. Wilson, T. Becket & P.A. De Hondt, 1761. soft cover, 26 cm; [2] leaves, 60 pages. Half-title present. Disbound. Reference: Sabin 47516; Howes M-507. Very Good
¶ First British printing of the documents that formed the underpinning of the Treaty of Paris, that is, the end of the French and Indian War. The treaty decided the cession of Canada to Great Britain, the limits of Louisiana, the control of fisheries off Newfoundland, the disposition of Cape Breton, Guadeloupe, etc. The texts include correspondence at the highest levels of French and British governments, and intergovernmental memoranda between the respective kings and their ministers, and between the prime ministers of France and Great Britain.
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Book number: 5485
USD 750.00 [Appr.: EURO 679.75 | £UK 593 | JP¥ 81290]
Keywords: French and Indian War William Pitt

 
[INSTITUT D'EGYPTE (1798-1801); INSTITUT DE FRANCE].
Memoirs relative to Egypt written in that country during the campaigns of General Bonaparte, in the years 1798 and 1799, by the learned and scientific men who accompanied the French expedition.
London, R. Phillips , 1800, First English language edition. Reference: Goldsmiths'-Kress library of economic literature, #17852.1., Octavo (22 cm); viii, 459 pages, and 2 folding maps. Lacks Q 7 and 8 (blanks?), as Goldsmiths', Google's, and every examined copy. Bound in nineteenth-century red half calf over marbled boards, tooled in gilt on spine, by J. Larkins. Binding scuffed and dampstained. Dampstain in lower quarter of frontispiece, first and last leaves, and intermittently through text. Some foxing on frontispiece and title page. Yet sound and entire. Good
¶ Translation of the first part of the French Egypt Institute's Mémoires sur l'Egypte, the first report of the French expedition into Egypt of 1799, preceding the grand Description de l'Égypte. Condition noted.
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Book number: 5137
USD 450.00 [Appr.: EURO 407.75 | £UK 355.75 | JP¥ 48774]
Keywords: Description de l'Egypte French campaign in Egypt Middle East Arab world

 
The Newest, best, and very-much esteemed book of knowledge ...
London, A. Wilde, 1764. 16 cm; [12],154 (of 156) pages, printed on foolscap, with full-page woodcut frontispiece of a man sighting stars through a telescope, and 12 woodcut illustrations. LACKS ONE PRELIMINARY LEAF with text. Very early cloth-bound book, bound crudely in contemporary cloth with leather backstrip; pages deeply toned and thumbed. Condition: well-used. References: NLM 18th century, 323; English Short Title Catalog, ESTCN11126.
¶ The title, acting as a sort of table of contents, continues: "... Shewing the effects of the planets and other astronomical constellations ... Together with The husbandman's practice ... And the shepherd's perpetual calendar for the weather. Also a brief discourse on the natural causes of meteors ... And observations on the weather ... A brief collection of all the members of man physiognomiz'd. - Signification of moles on man or women. - Interpretation of dreams ... With a particular account of the earth and sea ... " Quite rare.
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Book number: 5696
USD 150.00 [Appr.: EURO 136 | £UK 118.75 | JP¥ 16258]
Keywords: popular medicine interpretation of dreams astronomy astrology fortune telling

 
[MALO, CHARLES].
Paris et ses environs: Promenades pittoresques.
Paris, Louis Janet; printed by Jules Didot , [1827]. Boards, 18mo (14cm); vi, 212 pages, hand-colored engraved title page and 10 hand-colored engraved plates. Wove stock. About fine in original decorated boards (showing the Panthéon within a sculptural scroll surround) and original cardboard slipcase. Some shelf wear to slipcase, small blemish on upper board, and the stock has darkened slightly, else fine and extremely rare in such condition with slipcase present. References: Vicaire, 480; Quérard, 476; Bibliographie de la France, 7477; Bibliothéque de feu M. Louis Van Gobbelschroy #1460 ("Rare..."). Fine
¶ A sweetly illustrated account of Paris during the Bourbon Restoration, when the Champs-Élysées was lined with saplings, and the Arc de Triomphe was unfinished. The engraved scenes charm with fine detail and attractive hand-coloring. The author and date of publication are not given, but bibliographers agreed early on to attribute the text to Charles Malo, the polymath who was Louis Janet's writer-in-residence. We have no information about the artist or engraver, who were probably contracted to the printer, Jules Didot. Janet issued a trade edition with uncolored plates, and a very limited deluxe edition with the plates colored by hand. We follow the lead of several c19 French bibliographers in cataloguing the book as an 18mo, with gatherings in sixes. The volume is in ace condition with the nearly unobtainable original slipcase.
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Book number: 5587
USD 1700.00 [Appr.: EURO 1540.5 | £UK 1343.75 | JP¥ 184257]
Keywords: Paris France Guidebooks

 
[ABRAHAM ISRAEL, ILLUSTRATOR.].
Passover Haggadah.
New York, Hebrew Publishing Company, 1959. 29cm; [160] pages, illustrated in color with lively border decorations, vignettes, and Hebrew calligraphy. Bound in blue velvet-nap cloth, with original dust jacket. Dust jacket discolored along spine, chipped at edges, and once torn and repaired on rear panel. Velvet uneven. From the search for Chometz to Chad Gadya, a very pleasing, richly illustrated and well-designed Haggadah. Good.
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Book number: 2480
USD 40.00 [Appr.: EURO 36.25 | £UK 31.75 | JP¥ 4335]
Keywords: Abraham Israel, Sidney Hoenig, haggadah shel pesach

 
[JOHANNES DE LAET.].
Persia, seu regni Persici status, variaque itinera in atque per Persiam: cum aliquot iconibus incolarum.
Leiden, ex officina Elzeviriana, 1633. Reference: Willems, 386. 24to (12 cm); 374, [8], [2 blank] pages, including engraved title page and 8 full-page woodcut costume plates. Bound in contemporary vellum, yapp edges, worn. Good
¶ First edition, published during the peak years of Elzevier printing. The author (best known for his History of the New World) was a founding director of the Dutch West India Company.
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Book number: 2433
USD 300.00 [Appr.: EURO 272 | £UK 237.25 | JP¥ 32516]
Keywords: Costume, Persia, Iran, Central Asia, Travel, Elzevier press, Elzevir

 
[ANTHOLOGY].
Poeti minori del trecento Ed. Natalino Sapegno.
Milan and Naples, Ricciardi, 1952. Cloth, xvii, 1179 p. Cloth, lacks dust jacket. Very Good.
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Book number: 108
USD 45.00 [Appr.: EURO 41 | £UK 35.75 | JP¥ 4877]
Keywords: Italian medieval 14c lyric literature

 
[JUVENILE].
The robins and other stories.
New York, Leavitt & Allen, n.d. [ca. 1860]. 12 cm; 16, 16 pages, including full-page hand-colored wood engravings. Bound in original blue buckram cloth stamped in blind, with title in gilt on spine. Extremely good condition for a children's book. Light wear at corners; pages evenly toned. Penciled note on last blank.
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Book number: 5861
USD 150.00 [Appr.: EURO 136 | £UK 118.75 | JP¥ 16258]

 
[CHANSONS DE GESTE].
Le Roman de Helcanus Ed. Henri Niedzielski.
Paris and Geneva, Minard/Droz, 1966. Wraps, lxxxix, 420 p. unopened. Very good.
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Book number: 155
USD 20.00 [Appr.: EURO 18.25 | £UK 16 | JP¥ 2168]
Catalogue: Medieval Texts
Keywords: Old French Romance medieval literature chansons de geste

 
[REYNARD THE FOX].
Le Roman de Renart Ed. Henri Rey-Flaud and André Eskenazi.
Paris, Honore Champion, 1972. 129 p. Wraps, unopened. The text of Branch 1, accounting for the birth and formation of Reynard. Good.
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Book number: 655
USD 17.50 [Appr.: EURO 16 | £UK 14 | JP¥ 1897]
Catalogue: Medieval Texts
Keywords: French literature medieval comedy satire folklore Reynard

 
[LANDO, ORTENSIO].
Sermoni funebri de vari authori nella morte de diversi animali.
Venice, Gabriel Giolito de' Ferrari, 1558 (colophon: 1559), First edition, variant with dedication to Niccolò Alberti. Boards, Octavo (16cm); 36 leaves. Giolito phoenix device and fleuron on title page, and smaller phoenix device on verso of last leaf. Woodcut historiated initials. Late 19th-century marbled paper over boards, with ownership inscription of Nicholas Gottfried Kraenner on front blank. Occasional minor blemishes and traces of skilled conservation contemporary with binding. References: Bongi, I, 231 f.; Adams L-122; BM Italian, 623; Melfi, III, 58. Very Good
¶ Although the title of this collection indicates funeral orations for animals by "various authors," all eleven pieces are by Ortensio Lando (1505?-1555?), the eccentric, peripatetic, uncomfortable humanist who seemed to gravitate toward the far edge of every society he entered. While many humanists traveled, Lando traveled more. A native of Milan, he can be found at various times in Rome, Venice, Naples, Lyon (where he worked for Sebastian Gryphius and alongside Etienne Dolet), Basel, Geneva, Lucca, Trento, Paris, Strasbourg, Tubingen and Augsburg, remaining in Venice after 1545 but probably in Naples when he died, sometime in the later 1550s. He changed his name more than once, and he preferred to publish pseudonymously, cryptically, or anonymously, creating a burden for his biographers. (Ironically for such an unquiet soul, he often referred to himself in print as "il Tranquillo.") He stopped short of the priesthood, flirted seriously with reformers, wrote several protestant-leaning works, yet he was present at the opening of the Council of Trent. He translated More's Utopia into Italian, and wrote a fantastical funeral oration on Erasmus, both praising and condemning him, that still puzzles Erasmus scholars. Starting with "I Paradossi" (Lyon, 1534), he published a series of learned dialogues, travelogues, and arguments, all of them characterized by an odd sense of humor, and all of them landing on the local indices in Milan and Venice, and on Pope Paul IV's first "universal index of prohibited books" in Rome. The volume offered here is a collection of supposed "funeral orations" informed by examples from Lucian and from Lando's contemporary Cornelius Agrippa. Indeed, the text confirms how brightly Lucian's peculiar star shone among thinking humanists. Each eulogy (for a cat, a flea, a cricket, an ass) is attributed to a fictional speaker (Brother Onion, Sister Flower, etc.) Lando only appears under his own name in a postscript, an apology where he admits that the "orations" are meant in fun but that they are erudite and have serious matter to them as well, intending to "reveal secrets of nature." While the Index suppressed Lando's diffusion in Italy, he was very popular in the rest of Europe. The Sermoni were translated into French and Latin, and were reprinted into the eighteenth century. A bibliographical oddity: this first edition exists in two variants, with no priority established, and neither more frequent. In one variant, the dedication epistle is addressed to Johann Jakob Fugger of Augsburg; in the copy offered here, the volume is dedicated with a slightly different text to Niccoló degli Alberti, Count of Bormo. Both variants are extremely difficult to obtain, and are held in very few collections worldwide, none located in North America (according to OCLC).
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Book number: 5480
USD 3000.00 [Appr.: EURO 2718.25 | £UK 2371.25 | JP¥ 325159]
Keywords: The Classical Tradition Lucian Humanism Satire skepticism common sense

 
[RUSCELLI, GIOVANNI, ET ALIA].
Il tempio alla divina S. donna Giovanna d'Aragona.... fabricato da tutti i più gentili spirti, & in tutte le lingue principali del mondo.
Venice, Rocca, 1565. Octavo (16 cm); three parts in one volume: [48] ,388 [but 412], 159, [1 blank], [34] pages. There are two gatherings signed "Z", both paginated 361-368 but with different content. Printer's device on title page. Scores of historiated woodcut initials (some of them erotic in nature), ornaments. In plain vellum over boards, titled in manuscript on spine. Polychrome pastepaper pastedowns. Speckled edges. Marginal corner of O2 torn away, apparently in manufacture, not affecting text. Reference: BM Italian 593. Very Good
¶ Remaindered sheets of the original 1555 edition, together with a few re-set signatures, re-released with a new title page. (Not a "second edition.") In the early 1550s, amid a trend among Venetian presses to publish anthologies and collections of poems and letters, Girolamo Ruscelli invited Italy's A-list of famous poets and public intellectuals to contribute to a gratulatory volume for Giovanna d'Aragona, whose salon in Ischia (bonded around Giovanna and her sister-in-law, Vittoria Colonna) attracted the interest of the Venetian social culture. It took several years, but early in 1555 (some copies even bear the year 1554), Ruscelli released his "Temple" of verse, with a veritable Who's Who list of contributors (277 in all), including poems in Italian, Spanish, French, Latin, and Greek. At the same time, Gian Pietro Carafa was elevated to Pope Paul IV, a figure we would recognize today as distinctly Trumpian. Paul IV was passionately anti-Spanish, aggressively protective of the religious establishment, and insanely anti-intellectual. He imprisoned his perceived enemies and criminalized their books. He ghettoed the Jews of Rome and publicly incinerated all copies of the Talmud. His hostility toward arts and letters, and in particular toward the Colonna clan, moved him to place Giovanna d'Aragona and her family under house arrest. (They later escaped by night disguised as workers.) The "Tempio" was banned in the Papal States. And even in the rest of Italy, where the ban held no sway, it was a commercial failure, despite of the stellar table of contents. The publisher, Plinio Pietrasanta, had overestimated the press run, and was left with unsold sheets, many of them incomplete. These were acquired ten years later by the bookseller Francesco Rocca, who commissioned a fresh title page, had the missing signatures re-set, and sold the old thing through his shop as if it were a second edition. Comparison between Rocca's imprint and Pietrasanta's shows identical type, identical errors, identical ornaments, in short, identical sheets, through most of the block. The second part of the book, in which the non-Italian poems appear, includes a few freshly set signatures among the original sheets (signatures AA, d, f, h, and i).
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Book number: 6055
USD 1800.00 [Appr.: EURO 1631 | £UK 1422.75 | JP¥ 195095]
Keywords: Women poets Women in the Renaissance Pope Paul IV Colonna family Naples Renaissance

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