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Sermoni funebri de vari authori nella morte de diversi animali.
Venice, Gabriel Giolito de' Ferrari, 1558 (colophon: 1559), First edition, variant with dedication to Niccol 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 Niccol 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
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Keywords: The Classical Tradition Lucian Humanism Satire skepticism common sense

Rime e prose : in questa nuova impressione accresciute di molti sonetti & altre compositioni non più stampate ; con aggiunta di diverse bellissime lettere di proposta, e risposta del medesimo autore.
Venice, Zaccaria Conzatti, 1662. Hard cover, 12mo (14 cm); 346, [2 blank] pages. Extra engraved title page. Typographic and woodcut ornaments. Bound in contemporary vellum. Binding sound and entire. Pages bright and clean, in very good condition. References: Vinciana 2281; BL Italian 17th century, 4. Very Good
All of the defining characteristics of baroque poetry are shown to their best advantage in this collection by Marino's friend and follower. Several of Achillini's poems (according to a note at the end of the text) had been erroneously attributed to Marino. This collection also includes an essay, and Achillini's correspondence (including the letter on the plague that Manzoni incorporated sarcastically into I Promessi Sposi, and the description of a monk that Croce called "not only significant, but beautiful"). First published in 1656.
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Book number: 5401
USD 225.00 [Appr.: EURO 191 | £UK 170.5 | JP 25211]
Keywords: baroque poetry Manzoni plague disease Marinismo

Fábulas de la vida del sabio y clarísimo fabulador Isopo : con las fábulas, y sentencias de diversos, y graves autores....
Madrid, Imprenta de Lopez y Hermano, 1815. Hard cover, Small octavo (16 cm); [24], 352 pages. Woodcut vignette on title page and 62 woodcuts vignettes, many of them captioned with proverbs or "dichos," illustrating the fables. Bound in rustic contemporary vellum over boards, in Latin American style (laced to text block with headband cores), titled in ink on spine, worn, peeling at fore-edge of upper board; scorched (?) on lower board. Old sewing on spine. Title page loose. Damp stain in lower margin of first 20 leaves, affecting title page. Sewing is inexpert, yet holding. Good
Charming, well-thumbed, American copy of the popular compilation of fables.
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Book number: 4763
USD 250.00 [Appr.: EURO 212.25 | £UK 189.25 | JP 28012]
Keywords: Latin American binding popular literature popular culture

Drawings of the Masters: Italian Drawings.
New York, Shorewood Publishers, 1963. Cloth, 25 cm. Illustrated. Cloth in slipcase. Very Good.
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Book number: 4708
USD 15.00 [Appr.: EURO 12.75 | £UK 11.5 | JP 1681]

[Opere] Orlando furioso ... delle annotazioni de' più celebri autori che sopra esso hanno scritto, e di altre utili, e vaghe giunte in questa impressione adornato, come nell'indice seguente la prefazione si vede.
Venice, Stefano Orlandini, 1730. Boards, Folio (39 cm); 2 volumes: [50], 576; [4] 400 pages, and 52 engraved plates. Half title present, first title printed in red and black, with engraved vignette on title page. Full-page portrait of the author by C. Orsolini. Second title within engraved border by Giuseppe Filosi. Section title to the Commedia within woodcut allegorical border. Fifty-one full-page engravings by Filosi and by Giuliano Giampicoli, within one of 3 elaborate borders, one signed Filosi. Woodcut head- and tailpieces. Poetry in italic type, prose in Roman type. Bound in recent quarter leather over buckram-covered boards, with seven panel, leather title labels in period style. Bright and crisp impressions, clean and fresh text. References: Agnelli Ravegnani I,3 ("Bella e pregevole edizione"); Morazzoni 213 and plates IV and V; Gamba 60; Brunet I,437; Graesse I,199; Melzi 173; Harthan, 164. Very Good
Splendid illustrated edition of Ariosto's works, considered the culmination of 17th-century baroque styles of Venetian book design and the first emergence of the 18th-century neoclassical flowering. Ariosto's new status as a monumental Italian poet is reflected in the format of these massive volumes, representing the first appearance of the Orlando Furioso in folio in Italian. (In the 16th and 17th centuries, which saw countless quarto editions, Ariosto had not yet reached Parnassus.) This copy features strong, clean impressions of the plates, including the Orsolini's great portrait, and fifty-one elaborate, full-page allegories ahead of each canto of Orlando Furioso (which occupies the entire first volume) and the Cinque Canti. The contents of the second volume also include the seven comedies, the epistle to Bembo, the satires, L'Erbolato, and poetry in Italian and Latin.
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Book number: 4774
USD 4000.00 [Appr.: EURO 3392.5 | £UK 3027.25 | JP 448192]
Keywords: oftp

Elegie sur le trespas de feu Ioachi[m] Du Bellay ang[evin].
Paris, Frdric Morel, 1560, First edition. Boards, Quarto (24cm), [6] leaves, one blank, all ruled in ink. Printer's mulberry tree device on title page; vine scroll headpieces and initials. Roman and italic type. Bound in recent boards. Blank leaf A6 guarded to A1 and bound in erroneously before A2. References: Dumoulin, Vie et oeuvres de Fdric Morel, #43; Adams A-2117 (1561 printing). Fine
The great French Renaissance poet Joachim du Bellay died on January 1, 1560. By January 3, Guillaume Aubert, who had probably met the poet at Poitiers in school, presented this elegy to du Bellay's Parisian printer Frdric Morel. Morel's affirmation is shown in the pleasing typography, ornaments, and disposition of text on the page, as well as the inclusion of Aubert's dedicatory letter to Morel, praising the printer for being such a faithful friend to the poet, and comforting him in his loss. The elegy, in rhymed couplets, praises Du Bellay's learning and his poetic gift, as well as his liberality and his "magnanimous heart." The text of the dedication is in roman type, while the poem is in italic. Aubert went on to edit the 1569 edition of du Bellay's complete poems, published by Morel's son, who had taken over the press.
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Book number: 5472
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Piero della Francesca.
New York, Crescent Books, 1991. Cloth, 31 cm; 98 pages, illustrated. Cloth in dust jacket. Fine
In the "Masters' Gallery" series. Extra shipping charges may apply.
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Book number: 4683
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Keywords: Masters' Gallery series

Sonnets [de l'Olive] Pointes-seches originales de Jean Berque
Paris, Jean Berque and Philippe Gonin, 1938. Hard cover, Folio (34 cm); [iv], 127 pages, and 36 original dry-point illustrations, 20 of them printed on separate leaves laid into the text, the remaining 16 printed in text. Edition limited to 200 copies, the first 100 on vlin antique, of which this is number 92, signed in pencil by Berque on the justification page. Leaves laid in loose in original publisher's vellum-backed portfolio, preserved in pasteboard slipcase. Some light wear to slipcase, with a dampmark in its upper left corner; no other blemishes. Reference: Carteret, IV, 46. Very Good
With this book of sweet love poems in the Italian style, Du Bellay (1522-1560) successfully promoted the sonnet form into French literary fashion. The delicate and graceful nature of the love poems are a perfect match for the 20th-century illustrator Jean Berque, who decorated the text with simple and pleasing images of rural youth. The handmade paper further compliments the sensuality of the text and illustrations.
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Book number: 5551
USD 400.00 [Appr.: EURO 339.25 | £UK 302.75 | JP 44819]
Keywords: Pleiade Love

Oeuvres complètes de Boileau Despréaux : précédées des oeuvres de Malherbe, suivies des oeuvres poétiques de J.B. Rousseau.
Paris, Lefvre, 1835. Boards, 27 cm; 720 pages, half-title and engraved frontispiece portrait of Boileau. Text in two columns. Bound in 1/4 calf over "tree calf" marbled boards. Binding a little scuffed, but sound and entire. Foxing. Very Good.
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Book number: 4230
USD 65.00 [Appr.: EURO 55.25 | £UK 49.25 | JP 7283]
Keywords: The Long Eighteenth Century

Manuel du libraire et de l'amateur de livres....
Paris, Silvestre, 1842-44, 4th edition ("quatrime dition originale"). Leather, 25 cm; 5 volumes. Uniformly bound in contemporary crushed morocco, ruled in blind and titled in gilt on spines, with marbled endleaves and gilt-ruled turn-ins by J. Clarke. All edges gilt. Very light foxing on some endleaves and blank preliminaries. Bindings rubbed along edges and extremities, yet are sound and entire. Very Good
The indispensible bibliographical instrument for European and classical literature. Extra shipping fees may apply.
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Book number: 4777
USD 500.00 [Appr.: EURO 424.25 | £UK 378.5 | JP 56024]

The Characters. Newly rendered into English
New York and London, Scribner & Welford; John C. Nimmo, 1885, First edition of this translation; limited to 200 copies in the US and 300 in Great Britain.. Octavo (23 cm); 3 preliminary leaves, [9]-31, v, [7]-494 pages. Engraved frontispiece portrait of La Bruyere, six additional engraved portraits by Benjamin Damman of Montaigne, Descartes, Le Brun, Louis XIV, William III, and Bossuet. Fifteen (of sixteen) vignette headpieces engraved on tissue by Valentine Foulquier and mounted at chapter titles (lacks "Of the Affections," apparently left out in manufacture and not caught by the quality control department). Bound in original quarter cream vellum over green cloth, stamped in gilt. Corners rubbed; upper joint splitting near crown; gilt images on vellum spine rubbed away. Acceptable
Google found the rave review that appeared in the Daily Telegraph when this book came out. Let the last line stand in for the entire review: "Six portraits specially etched by M. Damman, a series of lovely headpieces etched by M. Foulquier, and a portrait of La Bruyere by the same artist, render the book one of the most sumptuous issued from the English press.".
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Book number: 4981
USD 150.00 [Appr.: EURO 127.25 | £UK 113.75 | JP 16807]
Keywords: Renaissance and Early Modern Humanism Louis XIV Foulquier Dramman

Classicisme et baroque dan l'oeuvre de Racine.
Paris, A. G. Nizet, 1959. Wraps, 347 p., and 7 plates. Wraps, unopened. Very Good.
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Book number: 314
USD 10.00 [Appr.: EURO 8.5 | £UK 7.75 | JP 1120]
Keywords: French Comparative Literature Renaissance Drama

Portrait of a Chinese Paradise: Erotica and Sexual Customs of the Late Quing Period.
London, Quartet Books, 1987, First edition. Cloth, 27 cm; 82 pages and 45 full-page color plates. Cloth in dust jacket. 0704326213 Very Good.
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Book number: 4698
USD 25.00 [Appr.: EURO 21.25 | £UK 19 | JP 2801]
Keywords: sex erotica pornography sexuality gender roles 0704326213

Il Libro del cortegiano del conte Baldesar Castiglione.
Venice, Vettor de Rabani [Vittore Ravani] e compagni, 1538. Not in standard bibliographies (Adams, BM STC Italian). , Octavo (16cm); [5], 193 leaves, lacks final two leaves, blank but for printer's device on recto of BB7. Initial spaces with guide letters; printer's device (two-tailed siren) on title page. Italic type throughout. Bound in nineteenth-century green cloth with polished calf backstrip, titled in gilt on spine. Lower margin of title page excised early on and repaired, with place and year of publication inscribed in ink. Generally clean and fresh copy with occasional discoloration in first and last leaves, and along edges. Acceptable
Early edition of the Book of the Courtier printed by Vittore Ravani, who worked his late father Pietro's print shop with his mother, Luchina, during the 1530s. Most of their output centered on reprinting humanist bestsellers, such as the present title, Ariosto's Satires, Benivieni's Ars Moriendi, Erasmus's Adages and so on.
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Book number: 5257
USD 1500.00 [Appr.: EURO 1272.25 | £UK 1135.25 | JP 168072]

Entremeses Ed. Miguel Herrero Garcia.
Madrid, Espasa-Calpe, 1973. Wraps, xx, 243 p. Wraps. Very Good.
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Book number: 335
USD 10.00 [Appr.: EURO 8.5 | £UK 7.75 | JP 1120]
Keywords: Spanish siglo de oro Renaissance

The Golden Age of Naples: Art and Civilization under the Bourbons, 1734-1805.
Detroit, The Detroit Institute of Arts, 1981. Wraps, 30 cm; 2 volumes. 16 color plates and many half-tone illustrations in text. Wraps. 0895580861 Very Good.
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Book number: 4759
USD 40.00 [Appr.: EURO 34 | £UK 30.5 | JP 4482]
Keywords: 0895580861

Printed Books, 1471-1500; an Exhibition Commemorating the UNESCO International Book Year.
Dubuque, Wahlert Memorial Library, Loras College, 1972, First edition. 72 pages. Printed wraps. #201 of 300 numbered copies. Very good, without blemish.
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Book number: 5677
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De gli elementi d'Euclide libri quindici. Con gli scholii antichi tradotti prima in lingua latina da M. Federico Commandino da Urbino, & con commentarij illustrati et hora d'ordine dell'istesso trasportati nella nostra vulgare, e da lui riveduti.
Urbino, Domenico Frisolino, 1575. Hard cover, Folio; [16], 278 pages. Title page and all text pages ruled in typographic border. Typographic ornament on title page, 18 historiated initials (some duplicates) showing putti with geometer's instruments against a background of Italian hill towns. Numerous geometric figures in text. Bound in c19 (?) full mint green sheep, with red leather title label lettered and tooled in gilt. Edges stained indigo. Binding somewhat scuffed, with upper joint cracked; spine darkened and scuffed. Early ownership inscription on title page, later bookplate on front pastedown. Few marginal notes in contemporary hand. Very light occasional foxing present. References: Moranti, #4 ("un vero capolavoro tipografico" p.14); Gamba 1386 ("Nobile edizione"). Very Good
The first book printed in Urbino in the 16th century, and only the fourth overall. Urbino's presses lagged behind those of other Italian cities, due in part to Duke Federico's predilection for manuscripts. It seems Federico Commandino, the foremost mathematician of the generation before Galileo, had a press set up in his house. He hired in a printer, Domenico Frisolino, and there he published his translation into Italian of Euclid, based on his own Latin translation of 1572. Commandino died just as the sheets were coming off the press. His brother-in-law hastily attached a dedicatory letter (to Francesco Maria II della Rovere) explaining that Commandino wanted the text to be available to "all who are served by mathematics," that is, even those who do not understand classical languages. Euclid's text is glossed by Commandino's running commentary, and illustrated with figures.
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Book number: 5476
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DI COSTANZO, ANGELO (1507-1591) ; GALEAZZO DI TARSIA (1520-1553).
Le rime d' Angelo di Costanzo, Cavaliere Napoletano.... Si sono aggiunte Le rime di Galeazzo di Tarsia.
Padova, Giuseppe Comino, 1738, Quinta edizione. Wraps, 18cm; 186, [4] pages. Title page in printed in red and black. Woodcut initials and ornaments. Bound in modern blue paper wraps. Bright, clean, wide-margined copy. Reference: Gamba, 1340 ("meritamente si preferisce questa ad ogni altra edizione" [this edition is justly preferred over all others]). Good
In his lifetime, Angelo di Costanza was known as a poet, one of the best, who also wrote history. Today we think of him primarily as the author of the History of the Kingdom of Naples (1582), while his fine, fluent poetry has gone into eclipse. This edition of his poems by Federigo Seghezzi throws in the work of Di Costanzo's fellow "southern" poet, Galeazzo di Tarsia, who lived and wrote in Cosenza.
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Book number: 4206
USD 250.00 [Appr.: EURO 212.25 | £UK 189.25 | JP 28012]
Keywords: The Long Eighteenth Century Cosenza Kingdom of Naples Naples Napoli

COWPER, WILLIAM (1731-1800).
London, J. Johnson, 1808, A New Edition. Leather, Octavo (22 cm); 2 volumes. Bound in full tree calf; spines decorated in gilt. Worn at extremities. Joints starting but firm. Good.
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Book number: 4693
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Ludovico Ariosto.
Bari, Laterza, 1927, Nuova edizione. Leather, 20 cm; 102 pages. Bound in later 1/4 morocco over marbled boards. Orginal wraps bound in. Early owner's bookplate. Pervasive light damp mark in lower corner, cover to cover. Good.
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Book number: 4298
USD 35.00 [Appr.: EURO 29.75 | £UK 26.5 | JP 3922]
Keywords: Epic poetics Orlando furioso Ariosto Ferrara

[Deipnosophistae, Greek and Latin.] Athenaiou Deipnosophiston biblia pentekaideka. Athenaei Deipnosophistarum libri quindecim. Bound with, Isaaci Casauboni animadversionum in Athenaei Deipnosophistas.
Lyon, J. A. Huguetan & M. A. Ravaud, 1657, 1664. Leather, Folio (36cm); two volumes in one; I: [48], 812, [48] pages; II: [8] pages, 998 columns (i.e., 499 pages), [39] pages (without last blank leaf). Title pages printed in red and black. Engraved and woodcut title page vignettes. Woodcut initials and ornaments. Greek text and Latin translation in parallel columns. Bound in speckled calf, ruled in blind, with blind-tooled turn-ins. Leather label on spine hand-tooled in gilt with floral border. Worn, joints cracked but holding, spine worn at crown and tail with some loss, lower board scuffed with some leather lost at corner. Annotations in early hand on blanks. Light scattered foxing at first and last leaves. One bifolium loose (apparently left unsewn in manufacture). References: Hoffmann I, 396 & 398; Schweiger, Greek, 70; Simon, Bibl. Gastronomica, 145. Fair
This compendious, encyclopedic work by the Greek-speaking Egyptian Athenaeus (fl. 200) portrays a Roman dinner party attended by the brightest, deepest and most learned thinkers of the early Third Century. The banquet lasts several days in order to allow conversation to take its course. Topics range lightly over law, medicine and literature, but the real subject at hand is food in all its aspects. In a sense, it is the oldest extant text on cooking. The Deipnosophistae ("Scholars at Dinner") is an important source of information on the gastronomic customs of the ancient world. It also quotes fragments of ancient literature which have otherwise been lost. The eminent Huguenot humanist Isaac Casaubon (1559-1614) established the definitive text of Deipnosophistae in 1597, when it was first printed alongside the Latin translation of Jacques Dalechamps. Casaubon's commentary on the work appeared several years later, and was frequently bound together with the bilingual text. The copy offered here is the third and last edition of Casaubon's text and commentary before it was absorbed into Johann Schweighauser's edition of 1801.
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Book number: 4069
USD 450.00 [Appr.: EURO 381.75 | £UK 340.75 | JP 50422]
Keywords: The Long Eighteenth Century Food Hellenism Gastronomy Greek literature

Literature in the light of the emblem Structural Parallels between the emblem and literature in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
Toronto, University of Toronto Press, 1979, First edition. Cloth, 24 cm; xiv, [2], 245, [1] pages. Original decorated cloth. No dust jacket as issued. 0802053904 Very Good.
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Book number: 4409
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Keywords: The Long Eighteenth Century 0802053904

Lettere di diversi eccellentiss[imi] huomini raccolte da diverse libri: tra le quali se ne leggone 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. 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. Apparently private letters were indeed public matter, enthusiastically shared and discussed. Some letters became famous. Renaissance publishers could not resist the urge to anthologize such fare. Paolo Manuzio and several other established publishers issued collections of letters, and so did Gabriel Giolito de' Ferrari. 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." The collection first appeared in 1554, and it became a model for a certain type of familiar-sounding Italian prose, as well as a treasury of stories involving some of 16th-century Italy's greatest minds. 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 1250.00 [Appr.: EURO 1060.25 | £UK 946 | JP 140060]

Poems. Edited by Sir Herbert Grierson.
Franklin Center, The Franklin Library, 1978. Leather, 23 cm; 401 pages. Printed in dark red and black. Bound in full red leather stamped in gilt; peach moir endpapers and silk ribbon place marker. All edges brightly gilt. Negligible scuff on front board. Very Good.
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Book number: 2159
USD 45.00 [Appr.: EURO 38.25 | £UK 34.25 | JP 5042]

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