A Collection of Renaissance Books(161 Lots)
161 lots with images
July 10, 2014Live Auction
via Enrico Toti, 1
Verona, 37129 Italy
Phone: +39 (0)45 592917
July 10, 2014Live Auction
via Enrico Toti, 1
Verona, 37129 Italy
Phone: +39 (0)45 592917
Description: AESOP'S FABLES WITH THE ORIGINAL GREEK PARALLEL TEXTINCLUDING OTHER AUTHORS' FAIRY TALES AND TREATISES ON THE ART OF WRITING FABLESAesopus. Aesopi Phrygis Fabellae Graece et Latine, cum aliis opusculis. Venice: Rampazetto, 1561. [at colophon:] Venetiis: apud Francescum Rampazetum, 1561.8vo, 19th century paperboards, pp. 364,  .Text in Greek and Latin, Roman and Greek type.A fine collection of of Aesop's Fables with Greek and Latin on facing pages, also including other author's works of fables and on fables. Among them, we find Homer's Battle between Frogs and Mice, Musaeus' De Ero et Leandro, Aphtonius' treatise on the art of writing fables, Philostratus's work on tales illustration. The first 100 pages are given over to a life of Aesop, then his fables are told in the next 131 pages.Content:Aesopi uita à Planude conscriptaAesopi fabulae centum & quinquagintaGabriae fabulae tres & quadragintaAphthonius de conscribendis fabulisPhilostratus de fabularum picturaHermogenes de tractatione fabularumMacrobii de fabulis iudicium A. Gelii De cassita fabula Homeri De pugna ranarum & murium Museus de Leandro & HeroAgapeti Scheda ad Iustinianum Imp.Hippocratis iusiurandumIgnoti scriptoris lepida tragoedia de murium & mustel[a]e contentioneProvenance: Contemporary inscription Giovanni Antonio Balliziolo [?] at title-page. References: Cnce, 385. Not in Adams. OCLC, 31176422.
Condition Report: Minor traces of use, but a fine copy.View additional info »
Description: EXCESSIVELY SCARCE IMPRINT OF NEAPOLITAN POETRY IN THE RENAISSANCEONLY 3 COPIES OUT OF ITALY - 1 IN USAAlessio, Antonio. Antonii Alexii Neapolitani Hymnorum. Libri quatuor. Quae in toto opere habentur, in sequenti pagina videri poterunt. Rome: apud Vincentium Luchinum, 1565. 4to, modern paperboards, ff. , 52. Extremely scarce first and only edition of Alessio's Hymns, a Renaissance sample of Latin verses at the manner of the ancient authors. Provenance: Small signature Comy [?] at the lower left part of title-page. References: Cnce, 1023. Not in Adams. Not in Nicodemi. N. Toppi, Biblioteca Napoletana, Napoli, 1684, p. 23. E. D'Afflitto, Memorie degli Scrittori del Regno di Napoli, Napoli, 1782, vol. I, p. 216. Out of Italy, OCLC locates only 3 copies, 1 in USA (the copy at Harvard University, Houghton Library). No copies on the market.
Condition Report: Excellent, clean and crisp and printed on strong paper.View additional info »
Description: FIRST EDITION OF ALBERGATI'S TREATISE ON THE ART OF MAKING PEACE AFTER DUELING ONLY ONE COPY IN USA [Honor - Dueling] Albergati, Fabio. Trattato di Fabio Albergati gentilhuomo bolognese del modo di ridurre à pace l'inimicitie priuate. All'illustriss. et eccellentiss. Signor Iacomo Boncompagni, Duca di Sora & d'Arce, Signor d'Arpino, Marchese di Vignola, Capitano Generale de gl'huomini d'arme del Re Cattolico nello Stato di Milano, & Gouernator General di Santa Chiesa. In Roma (Rome): per Francesco Zannetti, 1583. large 4to (328x215 mm); contemporary vellum with three raised bands at spine (neat repairs at corners, some spots, handwritten inscription at back board); calligraphic title at front edge; pp. , 96, 97-100 leaves, 101-272, , [2, blank pages], with some pages in the text intentionally left blank; text in Italian. Title-page in black types; xylographic coat of arms of the dedicatee, Giacomo Buoncompagni, at title-page; woodcut printer's device at verso of penultimate leaf; fine woodcut head-letters. First edition of this interesting work which develops and deepens the concepts of friendship, honor, shame, insult, lie, satisfaction, revenge, punishment, duel and peace, with references and comments to the theories of eminent philosophers of that time, among all including Pico della Mirandola. Fabio Albergati (1538-1606) was an Italian diplomat and writer from Bologna, known for political theory and as a moralist. He was ambassador at the Papal court and at the Duchy of Urbino. Provenance: Old marginal handwritten notes and study underscores.References: IT\ICCU\BVEE\000218. CNCE, 637. OCLC, 492154262 (France); 797317606 (Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington); 433748064 (Spain). Apparently only one copy in USA.
Condition Report: Light trace of use, a bit of foxing at some leaves, water stains at margins of first and last leaves. Overall, a good copy.View additional info and full condition report »
Description: THE FUNDAMENTAL TEXT CONTAINING THE NARRATION OF ROMAN WARS Appianus Alexandrinus. Delle guerre de' romani, così esterne, come ciuili. Tradotte da m. Alessandro Braccio secretario fiorentino. Nuouamente ristampato, et tutto ricorretto, et di copiose tauole migliorato. Con l'istoria della guerra illirica, & di quella contra Annibale, del medesimo autore, nuouamente ritrouata in lingua greca, & tradotta in italiano dal s. Girolamo Ruscelli. [bound with:] Tre libri d'Appiano Alessandrino, cioè della guerra che i romani fecero in Ispagna. Venice: Guerra, 1567. [at colophon:] In Venetia: appresso Domenico, et Gio. Battista Guerra, fratelli, 1567. 2 volumes bound together in 8vo, 18th century stiff vellum with gilt-lettered title at spine, red edges, pp. . Uncommon edition printed by Guerra with Aldine type. Probably this edition could be a shared edition between Guerra brothers and the heirs of Aldus. Renouard often reports in his Annals about other shared editions, or editions printed by Guerra for the Aldine Press. Provenance: I. Contemporary owner's signature at title-page (crossed out). II. 19th century ownership's signature Pietro Pisani. References: Cnce, 2215. Not in Adams. OCLC 863621644.
Condition Report: The upper margin a little short, sometimes affecting the running title.View additional info »
Description: THE ART OF SATIRE IN THE RENAISSANCE(WITH AN EARLY ILLUSTRATION OF A WALL CLOCK AT TITLE-PAGE)Ariosto, Lodovico (and others). Sette libri di satire di Lodouico Ariosto. Hercole Bentiuogli. Luigi Alemanni. Pietro Nelli. Antonino Vinciguerra. Francesco Sansouino. E d'altri scrittori. Autori dell'opera. Con vn discorso in materia della satira. Di nuouo raccolti per Francesco Sansouino. Venice: Vidali, 1573, [at colophon:] In Venetia: appresso Iacomo Vidali, 1573. Small 8vo, 18th century half calf, ff. , 206, . Very early woodcut illustration of a wall clock at title-page. Fine woodcut head- and tailpieces, and a variety of initials in historiated, patterned, and factotum designs, decorate the text. Second edition of this collection of Renaissance Satires, edited by Sansovino and first published in 1560. Sansovino introduces the collection with an essay on the material of satire, which he breaks down as «pure simplicity, with severe acerbity, sometimes mixed with a bit of salt, or with some feature [that is] tasty, and acute». He divides the text into sections by author, each of whom Sansovino introduces with a brief biography. A short abstract printed in roman precedes each poem, printed in italic. There is only another later edition, printed in 1583. Provenance: 18th century inscription Questo libro è di me Sig. [?]Bendinelli scrivo a di 19 Giugno Livorno at verso of last leaf. References: Cnce, 2780. Adams, S-368. OCLC 222527000.
Condition Report: Light waterstains and foxing, but a good copy.View additional info »
Description: THE MOST IMPORTANT WORK ON THE ART OF PERSUASIONAristoteles. De Arte Rhetorica. Carolo Sigonio interprete. Bologna: Benacci, 1565. 4to, 20th century marbled paperboards, pp. 197, . Four large historiated woodcut initials; head-pieces. Text printed in italic type; preface in roman type. Sigonio's preface, addressed to Horatio Malaguzzi, is dated Sept. 15, 1565 in Bologna.First edition of Aristotle's Rhetoric with the interpretation by Carlo Sigonio, fundamental for the reception of Aristotle in the Renaissance. This edition was at the same time published in Bologna, where Sigonio was professor at University, and in Venice by Ziletti (1566). Aristotle is generally credited with developing the basics of the system of rhetoric that «thereafter served as its touchstone» (Bizzell), influencing the development of rhetorical theory from ancient through modern times. The Aristotle's Rhetoric is regarded by most rhetoricians as «the most important single work on persuasion ever written» (Golden). The keyword of Aristotle's rethorical work is 'Fides'. 'Fides' means persuasion and is the term used by Cicero to translate the Aristotelian 'pistis'. Sigonio, however, was more respectful of the Aristotelian meaning of 'pistis' which includes the means of persuasion, namely different kind of proofs. Sigonio will develop his studies on Aristole's persuasions in his treatise about Dialogue. Since antiquity dialogue was one of the paradigmatic genres in theoretical discourse and its cognitive function was of fundamental significance in Renaissance theory of dialogue. This importance was considered for the first time by Carlo Sigonio in his De dialogo liber. Referring to Aristotle's Topica, Sigonio defined dialogue as a written imitation of a dialectical disputation. He considered the arguments in a dialogue as well as in a dialectical disputation not to be based on scientific propositions, which are necessarily true, but to be based on commonly accepted premises. In consequence thereof, dialogue is not intended to generate indubitable knowledge but to foster "opinions" (opinio), "beliefs" and "convictions" (fides), whose epistemological value is a matter of discussion. As Angelika Lozar showed in his study, according to Sigonio, 'opinio' and 'fides' are not only legitimate epistemic goals, but sometimes the only reasonable ones. References: Not in BM STC Italian, 1465-1600. Cnce, 2965. Adams, A-1949. Bizzell & Herzberg, The Rhetorical Tradition: Readings from Classical Times to the Present. NY: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2000, p. 3. J.L. Golden, G. Berquist, W. E. Coleman, R. Golden, & J.M. Sproule (eds.), The rhetoric of Western thought: From the Mediterranean world to the global setting, 9th ed. Dubuque, IA (USA), 2007, p. 67. A. Lozar, Der Dialog zwischen Dialektik und Rhetorik: Carlo Sigonios De dialogo liber, in «Journal for Ancient Studies», vol. 1, 2011. OCLC 41488380.
Condition Report: The title-page a little dusty; small repairs at corners of last 3 leaves, but, overall, a good copy.View additional info »
Description: ANNOTATED COPY OF THE MOST IMPORTANT WORK ON ART OF PERSUASIONAristotle - Caro, Annibale. Rettorica d'Aristotile fatta in lingua toscana dal commendatore Annibal Caro. Con privilegio. In Venetia (Venice): Al segno della Salamandra, 1570. 4to (205x142 mm); later vellum over boards, richly gilt spine with leather title pieces, sprinkled edges, marbled endpapers, silk marker; pp.  (last leaf, a4, blank, here wanting), 270, ; text in Italian, printed in italics. Large woodcut printer's device at title-page and at verso of final leaf; historiated woodcut head-letters, larger at the beginning of the three books and smaller at the beginning of each chapter; dedicace to Cardinal Ferdinando de Medici, made by Giambattista Caro in Rome, on 14 June, 1570. First edition of the Italian translation of the work Retorica (Rhetoric) by Aristotle, made by Annibal Caro, posthumously published by his nephew, Giambattista Caro.Aristotle (Aristotélēs; 384-322 BCE) was a Greek philosopher and scientist. His writings cover many subjects - including physics, biology, zoology, metaphysics, logic, ethics, aesthetics, poetry, theater, music, rhetoric, linguistics, politics and government - and constitute the first comprehensive system of Western philosophy. At the request of Philip of Macedonia, he also tutored Alexander the Great between 356 and 323 BCE. Annibale Caro (1507-1566) was an Italian writer and poet, mostly famous for his activity as a translator. Provenance: Ex libris with the coat of arms of a noble family on a label glued at first fly-leaf verso. Old marginal handwritten notes at many leaves, 4 pp. ms. notes bound between pp. 254-255. References: IT\ICCU\BVEE\003478. CNCE, 2974. OCLC, 54281197, 84122090 and 15389346 (copies in USA, UK, Spain and Germany). Cranz/Schmitt 108.559. Hoffmann I 353. Gamba 1211. Adams A-1953. STCItalian (BL London) Suppl. p. 16. Not in Machiels.
Condition Report: Some browning and spotting. A blank leaf wanting before the text. Good copy, in a fine 18th century binding.View additional info »
Description: GAMES AND TAROTS IN THE RENAISSANCEBargagli, Girolamo. Dialogo de' giuochi che nelle vegghie sanesi si usano di fare. Del Materiale Intronato. Venice: Gardane, 1581. [at colophon:] In Venetia: appresso Alessandro Gardane, 1581. 8vo, contemporary vellum, pp. 288. Very scarce edition of the refined and amusing Bargagli's small masterpiece on the intriguing or funny games played in the Tuscany summer evenings of the Renaissance period. The vegghie senesi («Sienese evenings») were a renowned part of the club of Intronati activities in which cultured word-games were a focus for intriguing interchange between men and women. 137 games and their variants are described, called for wit, verbal skill, and variety of response and enigmas. Provenance: Nobiliar ring stamp at title-page, at the centre of printer's device. References: Cnce, 4198. Zollinger, Spielbucher, 390. This edition not in Adams, not in British Museum, STC Italian Books; not in Marshall or Rosenthal. Brunet II, 666: «Ouvrage singulier». Graesse, II, 376. IA (Index Aureliensis), 113.022. Rosenthal, BMP, 7056 (ed. 1592). Kaplan & Huets, Encyclopedia of Tarot, I, 30. OCLC 4486281.
Condition Report: A very fine copy.View additional info »
Description: THE MOST FAMOUS LOVE DIALOGUES OF THE RENAISSANCEBembo, Pietro. Gli Asolani di m. Pietro Bembo nuouamente ristampati, et diligentemente corretti. Con gli argomenti à ciascun libro, & con le postille in margine che dichiarano i vocaboli piu difficili. Fatte da Thomaso Porcacchi da Castiglione Arretino. Venice: Vidali, 1575 [at colophon:] In Vinetia, appresso Iacomo Vidali, 1575. 12mo, 18th century half calf with two leather labels and gilt decorations at spine, ff. , pp. 236, ff. . Beautiful pocket size edition of the renowned love story written by Bembo.Gli Asolani (the people of Asolo) are dialogues in 3 books written between 1497 and 1504 by Pietro Bembo in the language of Petrarch and comprise his first important work. Although he had shown a copy to Lucrezia Borgia in 1503, the first edition from 1505 was published by Aldo Manuzio. They concern a dialogue on love that is supposed to have happened at Asolo near the court of Caterina Cornaro.The work is dedicated to Lucrezia Borgia, her later notoriety perhaps preventing a wider readership, becoming available in English translation as late as 1954.Content:Perottino is the unfortunate lover who expresses love's negativity via psychophysiological analyses - playing on the words amore (love) and amaro (bitter), he argues that «love is bitter, that all love causes bitterness, and that all bitterness proceeds from love». Gismondo, the fortunate lover, refutes Perottino's thesis by expounding love's positivity; but Lavinello refutes both Perottino and Gismondo by supporting the theory of Platonic love - contemplating the beautiful ideal present in earthly things. The romantic poet Robert Browning credits Cardinal Bembo with coining the poeticism asolare upon which he based his last work Asolando published posthumously in 1890.Pietro Bembo (1470-1547) was an Italian scholar, poet, literary theorist, member of the Knights Hospitaller and a cardinal. He was an influential figure in the development of the Italian language, specifically Tuscan, as a literary medium, codifying the language for standard modern usage (see also the following lots). Provenance: A long inscription at title-page. References: Cnce, 5083. Not in Adams. BM STC, Italian Books, 80. Graesse I, 333. OCLC 49413037. R. B. Gottfried (translator), Pietro Bembo's Gli Asolani, Indiana University Press, 1954. C. Kidwell, Pietro Bembo: Lover, Linguist, Cardinal. McGill-Queen's University Press, 2004.
Condition Report: A good copy.View additional info »
Description: NICE VENETIAN EDITION OF BEMBO'S VERNACULAR EPISTOLARY: THE ART OF WRITING LETTERSBembo, Pietro. Delle lettere di m. Pietro Bembo, a sommi pontefici, a cardinali, et ad altri signori et persone ecclesiastice, scritte. Primo volume. Con la giunta della vitta del Bembo. Venice: Giouanni Alberti, 1587 [at colophon:] In Venetia: appresso Giouanni Alberti, 1586.[bound with:] Bembo, Pietro. Delle lettere di m. Pietro Bembo a suoi congiunti et amici, & altri gentili huomini venetiani, scritte. Secondo volume. Venice: Giouanni Alberti, 1587. 2 volumes bound together in 8vo, contemporary limp vellum with handwritten title at spine, red edges, pp. 382, f. ; ff. 168. Nice edition of the vernacular letters of Pietro Bembo, a fundamental model of the art of writing letters in the Renaissance.Pietro Bembo (1470-1547) was an Italian scholar, poet, literary theorist, member of the Knights Hospitaller and a cardinal. He was an influential figure in the development of the Italian language, specifically Tuscan, as a literary medium, codifying the language for standard modern usage (see also the following lots). Provenance: Contemporary signature Joannes Rati at first title-page. References: CNCE, 5090. Not in Adams. OCLC, 831850207.
Condition Report: A light waterstain at the last leaves, but a good and unsophisticated copy in original binding.View additional info »
Description: THE GIOLITO EDITION OF BEMBO'S PROSES ON THE VERNACULAR LANGUAGEBembo, Pietro. Le prose di m. Pietro Bembo, nelle quali si ragiona della volgar lingua, scritte al cardinale de Medici, che poi fu creato a sommo pontefice, et detto papa Clemente VII. Diuise in tre libri, e reuiste con somma diligenza da m. Lodouico Dolce. Con la tauola. Venice: Gabriel Giolito de' Ferrari, 1556. 12mo, 18th century stiff vellum with gilt-lettered title at spine, ff. , pp. 259, . First Giolito edition of Bembo's Prose, containing his reasoning on the use of vernacular language, edited by Ludovico Dolce. This is also the first appearance of these texts in small pocket size. In the Prose della volgar lingua, Bembo set Petrarch up as the perfect model, and discussed verse composition in detail, including rhyme, stress, the sounds of words, balance and variety. In Bembo's theory, the specific placement of words in a poem, with strict attention to their consonants and vowels, their rhythm, their position within lines long and short, could produce emotions ranging from sweetness and grace to gravity and grief in a listener. This work was of decisive importance in the development of the Italian madrigal, the most famous secular musical form of the 16th century, as it was these poems, carefully constructed (or, in the case of Petrarch, analyzed) according to Bembo's ideas, that were to be the primary texts for the music.Pietro Bembo (1470-1547) was an Italian scholar, poet, literary theorist, member of the Knights Hospitaller and a cardinal. He was an influential figure in the development of the Italian language, specifically Tuscan, as a literary medium, codifying the language for standard modern usage.References: Bongi, Annali di Gabriel Giolito, I, 501. Cnce, 5050. Not in Adams, who quotes the 1561 Giolito edition. OCLC, 797710753. No copies of this edition out of Italy.
Condition Report: A very fine and unsophisticated copy.View additional info »
Description: THIRD EDITION OF BEMBO'S RHYMESBembo, Pietro. Delle rime di m. Pietro Bembo. Terza impressione. Rome: Dorico, 1548. [at colophon:] Stampate in Roma: per Valerio Dorico et Luigi fratelli: ad instantia di Carlo Gualteruzzi, nel mese d'ottobre, 1548. 4to, contemporary limp vellum with handwritten title at spine, pp. , 152, , 153-180. Scarce and precious third edition of Bembo's poems, printed in Rome by Dorico brothers.Pietro Bembo (1470-1547) was an Italian scholar, poet, literary theorist, member of the Knights Hospitaller and a cardinal. He was an influential figure in the development of the Italian language, specifically Tuscan, as a literary medium, codifying the language for standard modern usage.References: CNCE, 5030. Adams, B-604. OCLC, 319916613.
Condition Report: The title page was neatly remounted; otherwise, a very fine copy in its first binding.View additional info »
Description: Bembo's poems printed for the Aldine PressBembo, Pietro. Le Rime di M. Pietro Bembo. Nuovamente ricorrette et ristampate. Venice: 1552. [at colophon:] In Vinegia, Appresso Gualtero Scotto. [bound with:] Bembo, Pietro. Stanze di M. Pietro Bembo nuovamente ricorrette & Ristampate. Con privilegi. Venice: 1552. 8vo, 18th century stiff vellum with handwritten title at spine, red edges, cc. 44, . Scarce edition of both Bembo's «Rime» and «Stanze», printed by Scotto for the Aldine Press. Pietro Bembo (1470-1547) was an Italian scholar, poet, literary theorist, member of the Knights Hospitaller and a cardinal. He was an influential figure in the development of the Italian language, specifically Tuscan, as a literary medium, codifying the language for standard modern usage.References: Cnce, 5043. Adams, B-607 who does not record the second work. OCLC, 54218359.
Condition Report: Excellent copy.View additional info »
Description: FIRST AND ONLY EDITION OF BIRAGO'S COLLECTED WORKS ON HONOR, CHIVALRY AND DUELING1. BIRAGO, FRANCESCO.Opere cavalleresche del signor Francesco Birago Distinte in quattro Libri, cioè Discorsi, Consigli Lib. I . e II. e Decisioni. Li discorsi cavallereschi [...] Ne' quali, con rifiutar la dottrina Cavalleresca del Signor Gio: Battista Olevano, s'insegna a racchettare honorevolmente le querele nate per cagione d'Honore. In Bologna, per Gioseffo Longhi, 1686. [bound with:]2. Birago, Francesco. Consigli cavallereschi [...]Ne' quali si ragiona circa il modo di fare le Paci [...]Libro Primo. In Bologna, per Gioseffo Longhi, 1686.[bound with:] 3. Birago, Francesco. Consigli cavallereschi [...] Ne' quali si ragiona circa il modo di fare le Paci [...] Libro Secondo. In Bologna, per Gioseffo Longhi, 1686. [bound with:] 4. Birago, Francesco. Decisioni Cavalleresche. In Bologna, per Gioseffo Longhi, 1686. 4to (220x160 mm), contemporary limp paperboards with handwritten title at spine, ff. , pp. 151, [1, blank], ff. , pp. 115, [1, blank], cc. , 195, [1, blank], ff. , 78, cc. [2, blanks]. Each work special title-page. Woodcut headletters, woodcut decorations. Uncommon first and only edition of Birago's collected works, regarding chivalry, honor and dueling.The first work is a polemic with another author of chivalry, Giambattista Olevano, on the way to deal honorably disputes arising for honor, including the art of dueling; the second and the third volumes are dedicated to diplomatic relations, especially to the way to safeguard peace, make peace or conduct peace treaties, with the author's «chivalric advices» (consigli cavallereschi); the fourth volume deals with «chivalric decisions», as to say an account of samples and customary behaviors became «law».Francesco Birago (1562-1640?) was an Italian writer and lawyer, that spent his life as Life as a wealthy landowner and meticulous scholar, often called to be a peacemaker in the contentions of the nobles. Although treated with irony by Manzoni, his competence, often invoked in practical life, it was fairly useful to resolve conflicts with peaceful and bloodless mutual satisfaction. His contemporaries looked with respect to the actual documentation and to the literature with which Birago supported his thesis by contrasting his more conciliatory «new chivalry» to Olevano's rigid and conservative one. A wide culture was offered him by the Latin and Italian authors, especially Tasso, of which Birago commented in detail his major work, the Gerusalemme Liberata.References: IT\ICCU\MILE\003669. OCLC, 13602930 locates only two copies in USA (Berkeley and University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library, Philadelphia). Piantanida, Libreria Vinciana, 290. Levi-Gelli; pp. 115-116.
Condition Report: Excellent copy, untrimmed, and in its first binding.View additional info »
Description: RARE GIUNTINE EDITION OF BOCCACCIO'S AMETO: THE «CIVILIZING INFLUENCE OF LOVE»Boccaccio, Giovanni. Ameto. Florence: Giunti, 1529. [at colophon:] Impresso in Firenze: per gli heredi di Philippo de Giunta, 1529 adì XXIX di maggio. 8vo, 18th century vellum, ff. 102, . Giuntine device on verso of final leaf. Dedication signed Bernardo di Giunta.Rare second revised Giuntine edition of Boccace's Ameto or, more properly, Commedia delle ninfe fiorentine («Comedy of the Florentine Nymphs"), a novel written in prose and verse about the civilizing influence of love.The novel was written in 1341 while Boccaccio was in Florence caring for his elderly father and separated from his beloved Fiammetta in Naples: the pastoral framework of this piece strongly influenced subsequent Arcadian literature.Giovanni Boccaccio (1313-1375) was an Italian author, poet, correspondent of Petrarch, and important Renaissance humanist. Boccaccio wrote a number of notable works, including the Decameron and «On Famous Women». As a poet who wrote in the Italian vernacular, Boccaccio is particularly noted for his realistic dialogue, which differed from that of his contemporaries, medieval writers who usually followed formulaic models for character and plot.References: Cnce, 6277. Renouard, Annali delle edizioni aldine, p. lii. Camerini, Annali dei Giunti, I, p. 136. Adams, B-2128. Bacchi della Lega, Opere di Boccaccio, p. 100: «Rara e più corretta della precedente del Giunti stesso». Gamba, 201: «Il p. Lombardi, nelle sue postille mss. al vocabolario, citò questa edizione, ch'è ristampa dell'altra 1521 [...]. Poggiali asserì d'averla "trovata in alcuni passi più corretta" [...]». OCLC, 3447981.
Condition Report: Very fine.View additional info »
Description: THIRD EDITION OF THE MEDIEVAL NOVEL «URBANO» [Boccaccio, Giovanni]. Vrbano di m. Gioan Boccaccio, Opera bellitissima [sic], con somma diligentia reuista, & nuouamente emendata, e ristampata. Venice: Bartolomeo Imperatore & Francesco Torresani, 1543. [at colophon:] In Vinegia: per Bartolomio da Lodrone detto l'Imperadore, e Francesco Venetiano, 1543. 8vo, later stiff vellum, flyleaves from a medieval manuscript, ff. . Title within ornamental border.Very rare third edition of the novel «Urbano» (first published in 1526), wrongly attributed to Boccace and sometimes ascribed to Giovanni Bonsignori. The hero, Urbano, is the son of Emperor Frederick I Barbarossa and a peasant girl whom he raped. Urbano bears a strong resemblance to the emperor's legitimate heir, Speculo, and is tricked by unscrupulous Florentine merchants into marrying the daughter of a sultan who believes him to be the emperor's heir. After numerous dramatic twists that include the death of Speculo, the plot is resolved when Frederick acknowledges Urbano as his heir. Giovanni Boccaccio (1313-1375) was an Italian author, poet, correspondent of Petrarch, and important Renaissance humanist. Boccaccio wrote a number of notable works, including the Decameron and «On Famous Women». As a poet who wrote in the Italian vernacular, Boccaccio is particularly noted for his realistic dialogue, which differed from that of his contemporaries, medieval writers who usually followed formulaic models for character and plot.References: Cnce, 37844 (only 4 copies). OCLC, 16103437. Sander, I, 1098. Not in Adams, not in Gamba, who quote other editions. Not in Brunet, I, 1011 quoting other editions of this: «petit roman qui, selon l'Académie de la Crusca, est mal à propos attribué à Boccace». Bacchi della Lega, Opere di Boccaccio, pp. 135-136: «L'Urbano, anziché del Boccaccio, si vuole (tra gli altri dal Poggiali) sia lavoro di Giovanni de' Bonsignori da Città di Castello, volgarizzatore delle "Metamorfosi d'Ovidio", che ne avrebbe preso l'argomento dal "Libro Imperiale" di un Cambio di Stefano, suo compatriotta, non altro scambiando che i nomi di diversi personaggi introdotti». Also according to Zambrini, Bibliografia Boccaccesca, Cambio di Stefano is the true author of Urbano.
Condition Report: Very fine.View additional info »
Description: EXTREMELY SCARCE EDITION OF BOCCACE'S «LOVE DIALOGUE»NO COPIES IN USABoccaccio, Giovanni. Dialogo d'amore di m. Giouanni Boccaccio. Interlocutori. Il signor Alcibiade, et Filaterio giouane. Tradotte [!] di latino in volgare, da m. Angelo Ambrosini. Opera degna, e bella. [at colophon:] In Venetia, Appresso Giovanni Bariletto, MDLXXIIII. [Venice: Bariletto, 1574]. 12mo, modern paperboards, ff. , 29, [1, blank]. Extremely scarce edition of this love dialogue, attributed to Boccaccio. Giovanni Boccaccio (1313-1375) was an Italian author, poet, correspondent of Petrarch, and important Renaissance humanist. Boccaccio wrote a number of notable works, including the Decameron and «On Famous Women». As a poet who wrote in the Italian vernacular, Boccaccio is particularly noted for his realistic dialogue, which differed from that of his contemporaries, medieval writers who usually followed formulaic models for character and plot.Provenance: I. Contemporary owner's signature GinGrer [?] at verso of title-page. II. Signature Valerio Nepa [?] at penultimate leaf. II. Signature Joannes zenus atque at recto of last blank leaf. References: Cnce, 17024 (only two copies in Italian public libraries). Out of Italy, OCLC locates 5 copies worldwide, none in USA (3 in Germany and 2 in UK).
Condition Report: The upper corner of the last few leaves neatly repaired; overall a good copy.View additional info »
Description: THE MOST IMPORTANT MYTHOLOGICAL MANUAL UNTIL THE LATE SIXTEENTH CENTURYBoccaccio, Giovanni. Della geneologia de gli dei di m. Giouanni Boccaccio libri quindeci. Ne' quali si tratta dell'origine, et discendenza di tutti gli dei de' gentili. Con la spositione de' sensi allegorici delle fauole & con la dichiaratione dell'historie appartenenti a detta materia. Tradotta già per m. Gioseppe Betussi. Et hora di nuouo con ogni diligenza reuista, et corretta. Aggiuntaui la vita di m. Giouanni Boccaccio, con le tauole de'capitoli & di tutte le cose degne di memoria. In Venetia : appresso la Compagnia de gli Vniti, 1585.4to (212x155 mm), near contemporary paperboards, colored paper at spine, ff. , 268. Text in italic type. Title vignette; initials; head- and tail pieces.Fine Venetian edition of Boccace's «Genealogy», a scholarly treatise on ancient Greek and Latin mythology, that remained the most important mythological manual until the late sixteenth century.Genealogia deorum gentilium, known in English as «On the Genealogy of the Gods of the Gentiles», is a mythography or encyclopedic compilation of the tangled family relationships of the classical pantheons of Ancient Greece and Rome, written in Latin prose and here translated by Giovanni Betussi. The work is defined by Encyclopedia Britannica «humanist in spirit and medieval in structure». According to the Preface Boccaccio undertook the project at the request of Hugh IV of Cyprus. The first version was completed in 1360, and he continuously corrected and revised the work until his death in 1374, so that various redactions of the works were copied in different manuscript traditions. In his lifetime and for two centuries afterwards it was considered his most important work.The full range of genealogies of the classical Gods are described in the fifteen books, drawing on the standard earlier works. According to Malcolm Bull, «Boccaccio does his best to make sense of the complex genealogy of the gods. But as he also allows for several gods of the same name, the result becomes enormously confusing. No subsequent mythographer followed his method of organizing material, yet Boccaccio's Genealogia retained its prestige and was to remain the most important mythological manual until the late sixteenth century». The Genealogia was unkindly described by Edward Gibbon as «a work, in that age, of stupendous erudition, and which he ostentatiously sprinkled with Greek characters and passages, to excite the wonder and applause of his more ignorant readers.Boccaccio was responsible for spreading the story, which he credited to Theodontius, that Demogorgon was the ancestor of all the heathen gods - based on a misspelled scholion to Statius, which had intended to claim ancestry for Plato's Demiurge. This gave rise to a literary and iconographic tradition lasting to John Milton and Shelley. From the earliest manuscripts, some believed to be Boccaccio autographs, diagrammatic family trees are included, which are thought to be the earliest non-Biblical uses of this type of graphic, which was already used in the form of the Jesse tree in art.The last two books of the work include a defence of poetry that is his latest and most extended discussion of the subject.Giovanni Boccaccio (1313-1375) was an Italian author, poet, correspondent of Petrarch, and important Renaissance humanist. Boccaccio wrote a number of notable works, including the Decameron and «On Famous Women». As a poet who wrote in the Italian vernacular, Boccaccio is particularly noted for his realistic dialogue, which differed from that of his contemporaries, medieval writers who usually followed formulaic models for character and plot.References: Adams, B-2176. CNCE, 6383. OCLC, 123211007.
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Description: THE FOUNDATION OF SCIENTIFIC ETHNOLOGYINCLUDING THE DESCRIPTION OF ANCIENT PEOPLE OF AMERICABoehm, Johann. Gli costumi, le leggi, et l'usanze di tutte le genti, raccolte qui insieme da molti illustri scrittori per Giouanni Boemo Aubano Alemanno, e tradotti per il Fauno in questa nostra lingua uolgare. In questi tre libri si contiene. L'Africa, l'Asia, l'Europa. Venice: Michele Tramezzino, 1543. [at colophon:]. Stampate in Vineggia: per Michele Tramezino, 1543 del mese di Marzo. 8vo, contemporary limp vellum with handwritten title at spine, pp. , 259, . First edition in Italian language of Boehm's work describing the customs, manners, habits and dress of the different peoples of the world that were known at that time: Europe, Asia, America and especially Africa. The description of the peoples of the New World appeared in this edition for the first time.The first book deals with the antique peoples as well as those of Africa (Mainly Ethiopia and Egypt). Book two gives an account of the Asian peoples, which means mainly the Middle East and Turkey (Syria, Palestine, Parthia, Persia and Scytia, Tartary and Turkey). The third book, the most extensive one (196 pages), is devoted to the European peoples. Finally, the fourth book gives an overview of the peoples of Indie, by which the New World is meant (Hispaniola, Florida, Cuba, Iucatan till Nicaragua, Peru and even the Strait of Magellan is mentioned as such) . Hans Boehm (ca 1485- 1535) was a German priest and writer. He is also known as the "Father of Scientific Ethnology" as he published in Latin the present work Omnium gentium mores, leges, ritus (Augsburg, 1520), that became a very popular work and was frequently reprinted and in 1542 translated in Italian and French. References: Cnce, 6527. Not in Adams. This work served as a model to both Sebastian Franck and Sebastian Münster (See: ADB III, 30; NDB II, 403). OCLC, 80523872.
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Description: THE HISTORY OF BOHEMIA TOLD BY POPE PIUS IIPiccolomini, Enea Silvio (Pope Pius II). Le Historie costumi et successi della nobilissima prouincia delli Boemi composti da Pio II sommo pontefice. Ne quali si contengono tutti li preclari gesti, et fatti loro dalla prima origine insino a tempi dell'authore. Nuouamente di latino in italiano tradotti, et con ogni studio, et somma diligenza impressi.. In Vinegia: [Bartolomeo Imperatore], 1545. [at colophon:]. In Vinegia: per Bartholomeo detto l'Imperador, 1544. 8vo (145x95 mm), modern stiff vellum with gilt-lettered title at spine, ff. 110, . This edition is the variant B, with the date 1544 at colophon. Uncommon first edition in Italian language of Piccolomini historical account on Bohemia, from its origins until the time of Hussite Bohemia. In fact, in 1451, Enea Silvio undertook a mission as papal ambassador to Bohemia and concluded a satisfactory arrangement with the Hussite leader George of Poděbrady.Pope Pius II, born Enea Silvio Bartolomeo Piccolomini (1405-1464) was Pope from 19 August 1458 to his death in 1464. He was born in the Sienese territory of a noble family. His longest and most enduring work is the story of his life, the Commentaries, which is the only autobiography ever written by a reigning Pope. He is also known for his erotic writings done before he became pope.Bohemia is a historical country of Central Europe, occupying the western two-thirds of the traditional Czech lands. It is located in the contemporary Czech Republic with its capital in Prague. In a broader meaning, it often refers to the entire Czech territory, including Moravia and Czech Silesia, especially in historical contexts, such as the Kingdom of Bohemia. Bohemia was a kingdom in the Holy Roman Empire and subsequently a province in the Habsburgs' Austrian Empire. It was bounded on the south by Upper and Lower Austria, on the west by Bavaria, on the north by Saxony and Lusatia, on the northeast by Silesia, and on the east by Moravia. From 1918 to 1939 and from 1945 to 1992 it was part of Czechoslovakia, and since 1993 it has formed much of the Czech Republic. Hussite Bohemia. During the ecumenical Council of Constance in 1415, Jan Hus, the rector of Charles University and a prominent reformer and religious thinker, was sentenced to be burnt at the stake as a heretic. The verdict was passed despite the fact that Hus was granted formal protection by Emperor Sigismund of Luxembourg prior to the journey. Hus was invited to attend the council to defend himself and the Czech positions in the religious court, but with the emperor's approval, he was executed on 6 July 1415. The execution of Hus, as well as five consecutive papal crusades against followers of Hus, forced the Bohemians to defend themselves. Their defense and rebellion against Roman Catholics became known as the Hussite Wars.Despite an apparent victory for the Catholics, the Bohemian Utraquists were still strong enough to negotiate freedom of religion in 1436. This happened in the so-called Basel Compacts, declaring peace and freedom between Catholics and Utraquists. It would only last for a short period of time, as Pope Pius II declared the Basel Compacts to be invalid in 1462.In 1458, George of Podebrady was elected to ascend to the Bohemian throne. He is remembered for his attempt to set up a pan-European «Christian League», which would form all the states of Europe into a community based on religion. In the process of negotiating, he appointed Leo of Rozmital to tour the European courts and to conduct the talks. However, the negotiations were not completed, because George's position was substantially damaged over time by his deteriorating relationship with the Pope.References: CNCE 40496. BMC, STC Italian, p. 323. Adams, P-1346. Graesse, I, p. 27. OCLC, 38259367.
Condition Report: A neat repair at the corner of the last five leaves: overall, a very fine copy.View additional info »
Description: THE CONSOLATION OF PHILOSOPHYBoethius, Severinus. De philosophiae consolatione. Eiusdem De scholastica disciplina qui alii quoque autori a non nullis adscribitur. Florence: Giunti, 1513 [at colophon:] Florentiae: sumptibus Philippi de Giunta Florentini, 1513. Very refined woodcut headletters, very similar to those employed by Aldus in printing his Greek books.8vo, near contemporary limp vellum, ff. . Scarce early Giuntine edition of Boethius' masterpiece, a philosophical treatise on fortune, death and divine, one of the most popular and influential works of the Middle Ages. This work represented an imaginary dialogue between himself and philosophy, with philosophy personified as a woman. The book argues that despite the apparent inequality of the world, there is, in Platonic fashion, a higher power and everything else is secondary to it. Anicius Manlius Severinus Boëthius, commonly called Boethius (c. 480-524 or 525 AD), was a philosopher of the early 6th century. He was born in Rome to the ancient and prominent Anicia family. Boethius entered public life at a young age and was already a senator by the age of 25. When Boethius composed his «Consolation of Philosophy» when was imprisoned and eventually executed by King Theodoric the Great, who suspected him of conspiring with the Eastern Roman Empire.Several manuscripts survived and these were widely edited, translated and printed throughout the late 15th century and later in Europe.The work is followed by De scholastica disciplina a work wrongly attributed to Boethius.References: Cnce, 6544. OCLC, 4979320. Decia, I Giunti tipografi di Firenze, 43: «Il De scholastica disciplina è un'op. apocrifa falsamente attribuita a Boezio». Renouard, XXXVII, 43. Adams B-2287.
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Description: FIRST EDITION OF BUGATI'S ADDITION TO THE UNIVERSAL HISTORY OF THE WORLD, INCLUDING A PART REGARDING MILAN[History - Milan (Italy)] Bugati, Gaspare. L'aggiunta dell'Historia Universale, et delle cose di Milano. Del P. Fra Gasparo Bugati di S. Eustorgio di Milno, dell'Ordine de' Predicatori, dal 1566 fin'al 1581. Nella quale si leggono i più memorabili fatti che siano occorsi nel tramezzo di quel tempo con'ogni diligenza notati. In Milano (Milan): per Francesco, & Heredi di Simon Tini, 1587 (ex colophon: In Milano, Per Michel Tini. Con licenza de' Superiori. M. D. LXXXVII.).4to (200x145 mm); contemporary limp vellum, with handwritten title at flat spine and at bottom edge (some little spots at covers, traces of cut laces); pp. 194 (but 196), (4), (1, b.); error in numbering: pp. 95-96 repeated; text in Italian, printed in italics; xylographic woodcut at title-page; xylographic head-letters; Author's dedicace to the marquis of Cassine, Cesare Cottica of Alessandria (Italy), dated Milan on 1 July, 1587. First edition of this work of great value and historical interest, not only for Milan (Italy), published as an addendum to the Historia Universale, previously published by Giolito in 1571. Gaspare Bugati (16th century) was an Italian historian and theologian from Milan. Provenance: Contemporary handwritten inscription on top margin of the recto of the first fly-leaf: Adì 18 giugno Alessandro Magno ruppe l'esercito di Dario re di Persia. Adì 10 giugno 1575 fu la ruina del Tempio di san Laurentio in Milano (Today, 18 June  Alexander the Great broke the army of Darius king of Persia. Today, 10 giugno 1575, the temple of St. Lorenzo in Milan collapsed). However, this is a double error: the first event, likely related to the Battle of the Granicus River, happened in May 334 BCE, and in particular the second event happened on the 5th of June, 1573, as it is moreover reported in this very text, at pag. 122, among the events happened in Milan on the year 1573. References: IT\ICCU\BVEE\001822. CNCE, 7807. OCLC, 48599399, 602520587 and 491743735 (USA, UK, Germany, Switzerland and France). Adams, B3158.
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Description: EXCESSIVELY SCARCE FIRST EDITION OF CAESARIUS' WORK ON ARISTOTLE'S ORGANONONLY TWO COPIES IN WORLDWIDE PUBLIC LIBRARIESCaesarius, Johan. Dialectica. Cui adjecimus Joan. Marmellii Isagogen in decem Aristotelis praedicamenta. Lyon: Sebastian Gryphius, 1538. 8vo, contemporary Renaissance binding with blind-tooled decorations on covers, ff. 183, . Scarce first edition of Caesarius' Dialectica, that summarizes the whole Aristotle's Organon in ten treatises, starting with the predicables end ending with sophisms.With the addition of Johannes Murmel introduction on Aristotle's predicables.Johann Caesarius of Julich (1468-1550) was a German humanist, known for his textbooks on grammar and rhetoric. He studied since about 1491 in Cologne and Paris. After that, he was the private tutor of count Hermann of Neuenahr worked and made trips to Rome and Bologna, where he continued his Greek studies. Since 1513 worked in Münster as a Greek teacher and later he continued his teaching career as a latinist and hellenist in Mainz, Leipzig and Moers. References: Not in Adams, that quotes the Parisian edition of the same year. Not in ICCU, that quotes the Vincent edition of the same year. OCLC, 643860481, which locates only two copies worldwide (University of Manchester Library Main Library, UK and Aargauer Kantonsbibliothek ABN Aarau, Switzerland). P. Mack, A History of Renaissance Rhetoric 1380-1620, Oxford University Press, 2011, pp. 104-105.
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Description: UNCOMMON POCKET SIZE EDITION OF CAMILLO'S WORKS, ALSO CONTAINING HIS FUNDAMENTAL WORK ON THE ART OF MEMORYCamillo, Giulio. Di M. Giulio Camillo Tutte le opere cioè Discorso in materia del suo theatro. Lettera del riuolgimento dell'huomo a Dio. La idea. Due trattati: l'uno delle materie, l'altro della imitatione. Due orationi. Rime del detto. Venice: Giolito, 1554 [at colophon:] In Vinegia: appresso Gabriel de Ferrari, et fratelli, 1554. 12mo, contemporary limp vellum, ff. 263, . Author's name within ornamental border on title page; woodcut initials. Rare second Giolito useful pocket size edition of Camillo's complete works, including his major work «Theatro», an original and fundamental work on Art of Memory. This edition, has a preface by Ludovico Dolce, who wrote another important work on mnemonic, is a faithful reprint of the first edition, published by Giolito in 1552. Camillo suggests that the world was made of 'primary matter'. This primary matter was sometimes called 'hyle'; it is the material of all that is manifest. Camillo thought that by reducing knowledge into its constituent parts, you could come closer to comprehending hyle, the original essence, and consequently understand what makes the world tick. Likewise (but in reverse) through comprehending the universe, you would understand its essential ingredients. His key to this was in the creation of a symbolic system that both represented the essence of material, as well as the relationships between the essences that allowed the universe to maintain its being. The 'idea of the Theatre' was fundamentally a structure of conceptual relationships rather than a building of wood or stone, and it is on that level that Camillo's work bears most fruit. The Theatre is to be understood in terms of time and space - a spatial representation of chronology. Giulio Camillo, posthumously, was referred to by a number of artists and writers, including Bocchi, Ariosto and Rousseau. More recently his work has been interpreted in terms of a tradition of 'Theaters of Memory', for example in Frances Yates's influential book, The Art of Memory (1966). This tradition has inspired artists from many disparate disciplines, amongst them, the writers, Ted Hughes (1992), Carlota Caulfield (2003), and Hilary Mantel in Wolf Hall (2009); visual artists, Jean Dubuffet (1977) and Bill Viola (1985); and composer John Buller (2003). Provenance: Signature Antonio Ascanio Nanni Mondanio 1669. References: Cnce, 8714. OCLC, 224384132. Not in Adams, who quotes later Giolito editions. Young, Art of memory, p. 56.
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Description: EXCESSIVELY SCARCE FIRST EDITION: NEVER APPEARED IN AUCTION SINCE 1977 (THIS COPY)Girolamo Cardano. Hieronymi Cardani medici Mediolanensis Liber de immortalitate animorum. Lugduni (Lyon): apud Seb. Gryphium, 1545. 8vo, contemporary limp vellum, pp. 308, ; woodcut printer's device at title-page and at last page; xylographic initials and decorations.Very scarce first edition of this rather little known but highly interesting writing by Cardano, much rarer than most of Cardan's other books.Girolamo Cardano is certainly one of the most picturesque figures of the Italian Renaissance. It deals with a favorite subject of the period, with the immortality of the souls of living creatures, including animals and even plants. Freely quoting Greek and Arabian authors, it is difficult to ascertain Cardano's own suggestions about this subject. It appeared in the same year as his greatest work, the Ars Magna; by which alone the name of Cardan holds a place in contemporary learning. Girolamo (or Girolamo, or Geronimo) Cardano (1501-1576) was an Italian Renaissance mathematician, physician, astrologer, philosopher and gambler. He wrote more than 200 works on medicine, mathematics, physics, philosophy, religion, and music. His gambling led him to formulate elementary rules in probability, making him one of the founders of the field.Provenance: Inscription in pencil, «Lathrop Harper, auction made in 1977, lot 226». The auctioneer declared in the description that this edition «hardly ever appears on the market». Lathrop Harper was one of the most important American book dealers of the 20th century. As did the most important dealers before him, he handled both incunabula and Americana. His list of collectors and libraries that relied upon his advice was long and legendary. In the AED we have added a portion of the material he offered. For clarity, refer to specific records for the dates that apply. He was active as a dealer from 1911 until his death in 1950. After his death his company's name was continued.References: IT\ICCU\BVEE\019226. OCLC, 16646886. Adams, C-685. Baudrier VIII, 195. Waters, Cardan 284 f. discusses this book thoroughly. Not in British Library nor in Wellcome, not in Nat. L. Med.
Condition Report: A good and unsophisticated copy, in its contemporary binding.View additional info »
Description: VERY SCARCE EDITION OF CHARLES IV «GOLDEN BULL»: A DECREE THAT FIXED THE CONSTITUTIONAL STRUCTURE OF THE HOLY ROMAN EMPIRENO COPIES IN USACHARLES IV, HOLY ROMAN EMPIROR. Aurea Bulla Caroli Quarti Romanorum Imperatore & Regis Boemiae, &c. Cum Gratia & Privilegio Imperiali. [...]. Moguntiae Excudebat Ivo Schoeffer, Anno Domini, M. D. XLVIII. [Mainz: Schoeffer, 1548]. Folio, modern half calf, ff. , 26 (= altogether pp. 56). At title page it is present a prayer of 14 latin verses, beginning with Omnipotens aeternae Deus spes unica mundi, also present in the incunabola edition of 1474. Very scarce edition of Karl IV Bulla Aurea («Golden Bull»). The Golden Bull (1356) was a decree issued by an assembly in Nuremberg headed by the Luxembourg Emperor Charles IV that fixed, for a period of more than four hundred years, important aspects of the constitutional structure of the Holy Roman Empire. It was named the Golden Bull for the golden seal it carried. After the long-time struggle of his predecessor Louis IV with antiking Frederick the Fair, Charles IV felt that it was necessary to change the current system of electing the "King of the Romans". He thought that without this new decree the world would never be rid of envious and ambitious politicians. The Golden Bull explicitly named the seven prince-electors who were to choose the King of the Romans, who would then usually be crowned Holy Roman Emperor by the Pope later. The seven prince-electors were three prelates were archchancellors of Germany (Mainz), Gaul and Burgundy (Trier), and Italy (Cologne) respectively: the Bohemia cupbearer, the Palsgrave seneschal, Saxony marshal, and Brandenburg chamberlain. The bull regulated the whole election process in great detail, listing explicitly where, when, and under which circumstances what should be done by whom, not only for the prince-electors but also (for example) for the population of Frankfurt, where the elections were to be held, and also for the counts of the regions the prince-electors had to travel through to get there. The elections were to be concluded within thirty days: failing that, the bull prescribed that the prince-electors were to receive only bread and water until they had decided. The Pope's involvement with the Golden Bull of 1356 was basically nonexistent, which was significant in the history of relations between the Popes and the Emperors. When Charles IV laid down procedure for electing a King of the Romans, he didn't mention anything about receiving papal confirmation of the election. However, Pope Innocent VI did not protest this because he needed Charles's support against the Visconti. Pope Innocent continued to have good relations with Charles IV after the Golden Bull of 1356 until the Pope's death in 1362. Charles IV (1316-1378) was the second king of Bohemia from the House of Luxembourg, and Holy Roman Emperor. He was the eldest son and heir of John the Blind, who died in the Battle of Crécy. On 2 September 1347 Charles was crowned King of Bohemia. On 11 July 1346 Prince-electors had elected him King of the Romans (rex Romanorum) in opposition to Emperor Louis IV. Charles was crowned on 26 November 1346 in Bonn. After his opponent had died, he was re-elected in 1349 (17 June) and crowned (25 July) King of the Romans. In 1355 he was also crowned King of Italy on 6 January and Holy Roman Emperor on 5 April. With his coronation as King of Burgundy, delayed until 4 June 1365, he became the personal ruler of all the kingdoms of the Holy Roman Empire. References: No copies on the market. No copies in USA public libraries. VD16, D 777 (11 copies). No copies in ICCU. OCLC, 797446374, which locates only one copy in Italy in the Trento Municipal Library (CDD: 349.43 1119). F. Heer (trans. Janet Sondheimer), The Holy Roman Empire, New York, 1968. J. Bryce, The Holy Roman Empire, London, 1978.
Condition Report: Three pin-wormhole (perfectly restored) and normal brownings; overall a fine copy with full margins.View additional info »
Description: FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE OF CARO'S APOLOGYCaro, Annibal. Apologia de gli academici di banchi di Roma, contra M. Lodovico Castelvetro da Modena. In forma d'uno Spaccio di Maestro Pasquino Con alcune operette, del Predella, del Buratto, di ser Fedocco. In difesa de la seguente Canzone del Commendatore Annibal Caro. Appartenenti tutte à l'uso de la lingua toscana, & al vero modo di poetare. In Parma, in casa di Seth Viotto, del mese di Novembre, l'anno 1558. 4to (201x140 mm), contemporary limp vellum with handwritten title on paper laber, pp. 268, (16). Large woodcut device (wheel-lock of a gun) on title and printer's device on last leaf; woodcut initials and ornaments. Printed in large Roman type. First edition, first issue, published anonymously, of this important work in the history of 16th century Italian literature and the main source of information on one of the famous literary quarrels of the Renaissance.In this work Annibal Caro, one of the most popular authors of his time, here defends his poem ode in honor of the King of France, "Venite all'ombra dei gran gigli d'oro" (which is also reprinted here), from the criticism of Lodovico Castelvetro (1505-1571). Caro would emerge victorious after his exposing Castelvetro as the translator of Melanchthon for which he was excommunicated and imprisoned (cf. Weinberg p. 277 and Tiraboschi VII, 1152 ff.). This first issue is distinguished by the very curious and interesting title woodcut depicting the wheel-lock of a gun with a key for winding it. The printer's device on the last leaf is of a unicorn. Annibal Caro (1507-1566) was an Italian writer and translator: he was a thorough classicist, an archaeologist, and a collector of Roman antiquities. He is known and honored chiefly for his very successful translation of the Aeneid . The concision of the Latin text is replaced by a fuller fluency, which serves however to give complete clarity to Virgil's thought; the wealth and purity of the language are, to Italians, a delight; and the blank verse is handled with an artistic freedom that has never been excelled. References: Adams C-739. Index Aurelianensis, 132.465. Gamba, 276. CNCE, 9646. OCLC, 84291394, 77767977 and 44837737. G. Melzi, Dizionario di opere anonime e pseudonime di scrittori italiani o come che sia aventi relazione all'Italia, v. I, p. 5. Wilkins, History of Italian Literature, p. 249.
Condition Report: A very fine and unsophisticated copy.View additional info »
Description: FIRST POSTHUMOUS EDITION OF ANNIBAL CARO'S RHYMESCaro, Annibal. Rime del commendatore Annibal Caro. In Venetia : appresso Aldo Manutio, 1569.4to, modern paperboards, pp. (8), 103, (9).Aldine device at title page. Large chancery type.First posthumous edition of Annibal Caro's Rime edited by Caro's nephew and Paolo Manuzio, and finely printed by Aldus the Younger, Paulus' son.Annibal Caro (1507-1566) was an Italian writer and translator: he was a thorough classicist, an archaeologist, and a collector of Roman antiquities. He is known and honored chiefly for his very successful translation of the Aeneid . The concision of the Latin text is replaced by a fuller fluency, which serves however to give complete clarity to Virgil's thought; the wealth and purity of the language are, to Italians, a delight; and the blank verse is handled with an artistic freedom that has never been excelled. References: CNCE, 9648. OCLC, 7856552. Renouard, 206.9; Adams, C-746 Gamba, 1287.
Condition Report: Traces of use at title page; otherwise an honest copy.View additional info »
Description: EXTREMELY RARE FIRST AND ONLY EDITION OF CARRANTO'S ACCOUNT OF LUDOVICO SFORZA'S IMPRISONMENTCarranti, Pietro Matteo. Petrimathaei Carranti Ludouici Sphortiae captiuitas. Ad Petrum Gryphium prothonotarium Apostolicum. Bologna: Gryphius, 1507 [at colophon:] Bononiae: per Ioannem Antonium de Benedictis, 1507. 4to, contemporary limp vellum, ff. . Printer's device (Zappella 316) at end. Initial spaces with guide letters.Extremely rare postincunable with the first and only edition of Carranto's historical account on Ludovico Sforza's imprisonment and confinement. Ludovico Sforza (1452-1508) also called Ludovico il Moro, was Duke of Milan from 1489 until his death. He was famed as a patron of Leonardo da Vinci and other artists, and presided over the final and most productive stage of the Milanese Renaissance. He is probably best known as the man who commissioned the The Last Supper. Ludovico was handed over to the French soldiers of Louis XII in April 1500, during the siege to the city of Novara, where he was based. The armies of both sides included Swiss mercenaries. The Swiss did not want to fight each other and chose to leave Novara. Deprived of all the amenities of life, he spent his last years in the underground dungeon at Loches, where he died on 17 May 1508. The Swiss later executed a soldier from Uri, called Hans Turmann, who had, they claimed, betrayed his employer for money. The Swiss later restored the duchy of Milan to Ludovico's son, Maximilian Sforza. Provenance: Contemporary inscription Ja Wy Bambergensis Emi Rome die mensis Iunij 1508 fortuna of a German humanist from Bamberg, not identified.References: Cnce, 9696 (5 copies). OCLC locates only five copies worldwide (2 in USA, University of Texas at Austin and University of Pennsylvania). Not in Adams.
Condition Report: Very fine and crisp.View additional info »
Description: A SCARCE CASTELVETRO'S WORK ON A LITERARY CONTROVERSY WITH ANNIBAL CARONO COPY IN USACastelvetro, Lodovico. Ragione d'alcune cose segnate nella canzone d'Annibal Caro. Venite a l'Ombra de gran Gigli d'Oro. Parma: appresso Seth Viotto, 1573. 8vo (150x90 mm); near contemporary full calf, with four raised bands and blind-toolings on both covers; ff. , 180. Woodcut printer's device at title page and a woodcut emblem representing an owl at verso of title-page; head-pieces and initials. Second and last edition, first in pocket size, regarding a literary controversy arose between Castelvetro and Annibal Caro on a Caro's song (reported in this work, from p. 164v to p. 166r), entitled: Venite all'ombra de' gran gigli d'oro ("Come under the shade of great golden lilies"), motivated by the non-Petrarchan style and language, and the disappointing content (see lot 27).According to what Benedetto Varchi reported about this dispute in his work Ercolano, Castelvetro had made negative comments about the language of Annibal Caro; Caro, despite being overworked, replied in kind. Castelvetro had not read the response of Caro, but he wanted to publish it, even offering to pay the expenses. Varchi advised him not to read it and make sure that no one would read it, considering that the song would say things that Castelvetro himself would not have liked. Nevertheless Castelvetro insisted and Varchi surrendered, because "For a mad people, a possessed priest" ("A un popolo pazzo, un prete spiritato").Lodovico Castelvetro (about 1505-1571) was an important figure in the development of neo-classicism, especially in drama. Noble, priest, doctor of canon and civil law, writer, member of the Academy of Intronati of Siena. He used the pseudonym Academic Doubtful. It was his reading of Aristotle that led to a widespread adoption of a tight version of the Three Unities, as a dramatic standard. Annibale Caro (1507-1566) was an Italian writer and translator: he was a thorough classicist, an archaeologist, and a collector of Roman antiquities. He is known and honored chiefly for his very successful translation of the Aeneid . The concision of the Latin text is replaced by a fuller fluency, which serves however to give complete clarity to Virgil's thought; the wealth and purity of the language are, to Italians, a delight; and the blank verse is handled with an artistic freedom that has never been excelled. Caro's fame was diminished because of the virulence with which he attacked Lodovico Castelvetro in one of his canzoni, and by his meanness for denouncing him to the Church for translating some of the writings of Philipp Melanchthon, an associate of Martin Luther.Provenance: Owner's signature (cancelled) at verso of last leaf. References: Cnce, 10046. OCLC locates 3 copies out of Italy (in UK, France and Germany); no copy in USA.
Condition Report: A fine copy in its original binding.View additional info »
Description: UNCOMMON POCKET SIZE EDITION OF CASTIGLIONE'S «COURTIER»: THE DEFINITIVE ACCOUNT OF RENAISSANCE COURT LIFECastiglione, Baldassarre. Il cortegiano del conte Baldessar Castiglione, di nuouo rincontrato con l'originale scritto di mano de l'autore. Con vna brieue raccolta delle conditioni, che si ricercano a perfetto cortegiano, & a donna di palazzo. Lyon: Guillaume Rouillé, 1553.16mo, contemporary limp vellum with calligraphic title at spine, ff. , pp. 457 [i.e. 467], ff. [5 out of 6].It lacks the final index leaf. Text complete.Scarce and fine printed Lyon edition of Castiglione's «Courtier».The «Book of the Courtier» is the perfect sample of a courtesy book: it was firstly published in 1528 by the Aldine Press in Venice just before the author's; the English edition was published only in 1561. It addresses the constitution of a perfect courtier, and in its last installment, a perfect lady.The book is organized as a series of fictional conversations that occur between the courtiers of the Duke of Urbino in 1507 (when Baldassare was in fact part of the Duke's Court). In the book, the courtier is described as having a cool mind, a good voice (with beautiful, elegant and brave words) along with proper bearing and gestures. At the same time though, the courtier is expected to have a warrior spirit, to be athletic, and have good knowledge of the humanities, Classics and fine arts. Over the course of four evenings, members of the court try to describe the perfect gentleman of the court. In the process they debate the nature of nobility, humor, women, and love.The «Book of the Courtier» is also an example of the Renaissance dialogue, a literary form that incorporated elements of drama, conversation, philosophy, and essay. Considered the definitive account of Renaissance court life, it is cited frequently along with Stefano Guazzo's The civil conversation (1574) and Giovanni Della Casa's Galateo (1558): they are among the most important Renaissance works of the Italian Renaissance.Baldassare Castiglione (1478-1529), count of Casatico, was an Italian courtier, diplomat, soldier and a prominent Renaissance author.Provenance: Ancient inscription at the top of the title, partly crossed out. Title-page colored by an ancient owner.References: IT\ICCU\CNCE\010081. OCLC, 258504507, 5782829 and 559741007. Adams, C-936.
Condition Report: A good copy, its contemporary binding.View additional info »
Description: RARE SWISS CONTERFEIT OF THE ALDINE COLLECTION OF ANCIENT AUTHORS OF AGRICULTURECato, Varro, Columella, Palladius (and others). Libri de re rustica M. Catonis lib.1. M. Terentii Varronis lib.3. L. Iunii Moderati Columellae lib.12. Palladii lib.14. Georgij Alexandrini enarrationes priscarum dictionum quae in his libris Catonis: Varronis: Columellae. [...]. Zürich: 1528. [at colophon:] Excusa sunt haec opera Tiguri per Iacobum Mazochiu(m), Anno salutis. M. D. XX VIII. 8vo, 19th century half calf with four raised bands, red sprinkled edges ff.  391. Rare early Swiss conterfeit of the Aldine edition, containing the Aldus' preface and the dedicatory letter to Pope Leo X by Giocondo da Verona, both contained in 1514 Aldine edition. At verso of last leaf there is the following advice calchographvs lectori: «Excusimus haec ad Aldinu(m) exemplar, & vigilantissima cura [...]».The classic main collection of the ancient Roman writers on agricultural subjects. Cato deals with the development of vine, olive, and fruit growing; Varro treats with general agriculture, cattle and sheep raising, and smaller farm livestock; Columella also treats with general agriculture from farm buildings, soils, crops, domestic animals, poultry, fish and bees. Palladius was a knowledgeable agriculturists with estates in Italy and Sardinia: his work is a practical manual with the instructions separated into months of the year.The collection contains descriptions of making mulled wine, Greek wine, straw wine, olive oil, the recipe of "Carthaginian soup" (made of oatmeal, cheese and honey), porridge, sweet-wine cake, pork tenderloin and mead or honey wine.References: IT\ICCU\BVEE\008112. Unknown to Renouard. Adams, S-808. OCLC, 80334044 (four copies in USA).
Condition Report: A fine copy.View additional info »
Description: THE MOVING ST. CATHERINE EPISTLES: A MASTERPIECE OF ITALIAN MEDIEVAL LITERATURECATHERINE FROM SIENA, SAINT. Lettere deuotissime della beata vergine santa Caterina da Siena. Nuouamente con tutta diligentia che si ha potuto ristampate. In Venetia : nella contrada di Santa Maria Formosa al segno della Speranza. Venice: 1562. 4to, 19th century half vellum binding with red label and gilt-lettered title at spine, ff. , 373, .Title vignette, head-piece, and initials. Prefatory letter by Aldus Manutius, the same contained in the incunable edition of 1500.Very scarce venetian edition of Saint Catherine's letters, directly descending from the renowned incunable edition printed by Aldus.Catherine's letters are considered one of the great works of early Tuscan literature. More than 300 have survived. In her letters to the Pope, she often referred to him affectionately simply as Papa ("Pope"), instead of the formal form of address as "Holiness". Other correspondents include her various confessors, among them Raymond of Capua, the kings of France and Hungary, the infamous mercenary John Hawkwood, the Queen of Naples, members of the Visconti family of Milan, and numerous religious figures. Approximately one third of her letters are to women. Provenance: 1. Not identified contemporary annotations. 2. Manuscript index by a 18th century hand of Catherine's letters at the last two blank leaves. References: CNCE, 10272. OCLC, 4407517 and 24708477 (from the Ahmanson-Murphy Aldine Collection, UCLA). Not present on the market.
Condition Report: Minor trace of use, but a good copy.View additional info »
Description: THE FORBIDDEN NOVEL OF PELLEGRINO AND GINEVRATHE GEORG MAYR COPYCaviceo, Jacopo. Libro del Peregrino di M. Giacopo Caviceo da Parma. Nuovamente con somma diligenza revisto, et ristampato. M.D.XXXVIII. [at colophon:] Vinegia, Pietro di Niccolini da Sabbio, a di XXVI di Settembrio 1538. 8vo, contemporary limp vellum, ff. , 272 (the last is blank).Printed in Italic type. Woodcut architectural title-page. Dedicatory letter to Lucrezia Borgia. A large woodcut at the first leaf representing musician satyrs surrounding imprisoned Love and the motto Ancora spero sover me amor; other three woodcut in the text. Uncommon illustrated Venetian edition of «Peregrino», the erotic novel dedicated to Lucrezia Borgia. The novel was condemned for its sexual content by the Spanish Inquisition in 1559. Written in the dreamlike style of Hypnerotomachia Poliphili, the work was first printed in Parma in 1508 and had an immediate and immense success across Europe, with more than twenty printed editions during the 16th century.Provenance: 17th century inscription at title-page Fui Georgi Maijr. Sum modo Mon(aste)rij S. Petri Salisburgi 1677 («I belonged to Georg Mayr and now I'm in Monastery of Saint Peter in Salisbury»). Georg Mayr (1564-1623) was a Bavarian Jesuit priest and Hebrew grammarian. He translated into Hebrew the New Testament and wrote a Hebrew grammar: in addition his translations he also published the illustrated version of the catechism of Peter Canisius.References: Not in the collections Papanti of chivalric books, not in Ranieri-Biscia, Cavalieri and Olschki, Choix, who quote only following editions. Essling, 1894; Sander, 1880 (note); Adams, C-1190; BM STC, Italian, p. 163. Fairfax Murray (Italian Books), 442. Passano, I, 211: «Romanzo indegno di un ecclesiastico che mosse a nausea, quando fu pubblicato, ogni uomo dabbene». De Bujanda, Index, vol. IV, p. 412 and vol. V, pp. 524-525. I. Affò, Memorie degli scrittori parmigiani, III, pp. 91-93; Griffin, Caviceo's Libro del Peregrino, pp. 132-146. L. Vignali, Il "Peregrino" di Jacopo Caviceo e il lessico del Quattrocento, Milano 2001, pp. 17-18. Cnce, 10609. OCLC, 644219703.
Condition Report: The higher corner of the first leaves frayed; modest but unsophisticated copy with a distinguished provenance.View additional info »
Description: EXCESSIVELY SCARCE EDITION OF RENAISSANCE LOVE LETTERSCelia Romana. Lettere amorose di madonna Celia gentildonna romana scritte al suo amante. In Venetia : appresso Iacomo Simbeni, 1572. 8vo, 19th century stiff paperboards, ff. 70. Printer's device on title-page; woodcut initials. Italic type. Excessively scarce edition of this collection of love letters, written by Celia, a noble woman from Rome, to his lover.The letters, written by a not identified «Madonna Celia» from Rome (fl. 16th century), were published for the first time in 1562 and represent a rare sample of feminine literature in the Renaissance: but, according to Adams, the author could be Girolamo Parabosco. References: CNCE 10729 (only four copies). OCLC, 8071369.
Condition Report: A very fine and crisp copy.View additional info »
Description: FIRST EDITION OF CENTORIO'S LAST «SPEECH ON WAR»Centorio Degli Hortensi, Ascanio. Il quinto et vltimo discorso di guerra del signor Ascanio Centorio de gli Hortensii. In Vinegia (Venice): appresso Gabriel Giolito de' Ferrari, 1562.4to, 18th century full calf (remboitage) with gilt borders, six raised bands with gilt decorations, pp. , 285, .Fine woodcut headletters. First edition of the fifth and last «Speech on War» by Centorio, an exhaustive work examining all the main aspects of the Science of War. The Speeches on War were published separately between 1558 and 1562, and together in 1566. Ascanio Centorio degli Hortensi (1480 - 1550), born from a noble family, was an elegant poet and a skillful historian, but mostly he became famous for the perfection of his oratory and for his five Discorsi di guerra («Speeches on War»).References: CNCE, 10792. OCLC, 57013640 (referred to the 5 vols of the Discorsi di guerra).
Condition Report: The upper corner of the leaves restored. Not perfect, but honest copy, with a nice binding.View additional info »
Description: A FIRST EDITION OF SAINT CHRYSOSTOM HOMILIESNO COPY IN USASt. John Chrysostom; Gentien Hervet. D. Ioannis Chrysostomi vere aureae in psalmos homiliae, quibus nihil nec eloquentius, [...] quae nunquam Graec[a]e editae nunc primum sunt in lingua[m] Latina[m] uersae [...]. Gentiano Herueto Aurelio interprete. Indicem [...] in fine operis adiecimus. Venetiis (Venice): ad signum Spei, 1549.4to (242x165 mm), 18th century full vellum, with title on a paper label at flat spine, ff. 135, . Text in Latin in two columns. Woodcut printer's device at title page; xyl. head-letter.First edition of Hervet's translation in Latin from Greek of the famous homilies on psalms.John Chrysostom (c. 347-407, Greek: Ἰωάννης ὁ Χρυσόστομος), Archbishop of Constantinople, was an important Early Church Father. He is known for his eloquence in preaching and public speaking, his denunciation of abuse of authority by both ecclesiastical and political leaders, the Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, and his ascetic sensibilities. After his death in 407 (or, according to some sources, during his life) he was given the Greek epithet chrysostomos, meaning "golden mouthed" in English, and Anglicized to Chrysostom.The Orthodox and Eastern Catholic Churches honor him as a saint and count him among the Three Holy Hierarchs, together with Basil the Great and Gregory Nazianzus. He is recognized by the Eastern Orthodox Church and the Catholic Church as a saint and as a Doctor of the Church. The Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria also recognizes John Chrysostom as a saint.John is known in Christianity chiefly as a preacher, theologian and liturgist. Among his homilies, eight directed against Judaizing Christians remain controversial for their impact on the development of Christian antisemitism.Of none of the other Greek Fathers do we possess so many writings, that can be divided into the "Opuscula", the "Homilies" and the "Letters". The chief "Opuscula" all date from the earlier days of his literary activity while the following writings deal with monastical subjects. The "Homilies" count with commentaries on books of Holy Scripture, groups of homilies on special subjects and a great number of single homilies.Gentien Hervet (1499-1584) was a French teacher of Greek, Vicar General of Noyon and Orléans, canon of Reims. He also translated from ancient Greek into Latin and from Latin into French.Provenance: An old owner's signature (partially cancelled) at title-page and a 20th century paper ex-libris on a label at paste-down.References: CNCE, 51409. OCLC, 797517052 and 457529270; no copy in USA.
Condition Report: Neat repairs at title page upper margin. Overall a good copy.View additional info »
Description: THE ALDINE EDITION OF CICERO'S EPISTLES TO ATTICUSCicero, Marcus Tullius. M. Tullii Ciceronis Epistolae ad Atticum, ad M. Brutum, ad Quinctum fratrem cum correctionibus Pauli Manutij. Venice: [Paolo Manuzio], 1564.8vo, contemporary limp vellum with handwritten title at spine, ff. 387, .Fine Aldine edition of Cicero's «Letters to Atticus» and other friends, edited by Paolo Manuzio, Aldus' first-born son.References: Renouard, 195.11. CNCE 12380. OCLC, 54508845.
Condition Report: Light foxing at title-page but a very nice copy, in its original limp vellum binding.View additional info »
Description: SCARCE ALDINE FOLIO EDITION OF CICERO'S PHILOSOPHICAL COLLECTED WORKSCicero, Marcus Tullius. In M. Tullii Ciceronis De philosophia volumen primum [-secundum] Aldi Mannuccij commentarius.Venetiis: apud Aldum, 1583.2 volumes bound together in-folio, 19th century half calf on marbled paper. Portrait of Aldus Pius Manutius on each title page. Head-pieces; initials; type ornaments.Scarce Aldine folio edition of all Cicero's philosophical works.References: CNCE 64614. OCLC 367300379.
Condition Report: Neat repairs at the inner upper corner of the last leaves of the second volume, with the text rewritten.View additional info »
Description: THE INTIMATE CICERO: THE LETTERS WRITTEN TO HIS FAMILY WITH THE MOST IMPORTANT COMMENTARIESONLY FOUR COPIES IN WORLDWIDE PUBLIC LIBRARIESCicero, Marcus Tullius. Marci Tullii Ciceronis Familiarium epistolarum libri XVI. Cum Hubertini Crescentinatis, Martini Philetici, Iodoci Badij Ascensij, Ioan. Baptistae Egnatij, & Pauli Manutij commentarijs ; his accesserunt vtilissimae annotationes, sparsim appositae, quibus difficillima quaeque Ciceronis loca explicantur, & authores earum hi sunt: Aulus Gellius, Caelius Rhodiginus, Marinus Bechichemus, Angelus Politianus, Petrus Crinitus, Georgius Merula, Alexander ab Alexan., Philippus Beroaldus, Guglielmus Budaeus, Luc. Ioan. Scopa Parthenopaeus, Franciscus Robertellius Vtinensis; adiectis praeterea argumentis, et lemmatibus Giberti Longolii in fronte singularum epistolarum; nunc denuo in lucem editi, & exactiori quàm ante hac, cura, à mendis, quibus scatebant, repurgati. Venice: Apud Petrum Dusinellum, 1617. Folio, 19th century quarter calf on colored paper, green label and gilt-lettered title at spine, gilt fillets, sprinkled blue edges, ff. , 232.Text in Latin. Printed primarily in double columns. Title vignette; initials; tail-piece; printed marginal notes.Rare imprint of Cicero's Letters to his familiars, with the commentary of the most important scholars, including Aldo Manuzio. Provenance: Some ancient owners' inscriptions at title-page.References: IT\ICCU\RMSE\006512 (3 copies). Out of Italy, OCLC 245535376 locates only a copy worldwide, at University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, Urbana, IL.
Condition Report: Minor traces of use, but a good copy.View additional info »
Description: VERY RARE SESSA IMPRINT OF CICERO'S PHILOSOPHICAL QUESTIONSCicero, Marcus Tullius. Tusculanarum Quaestionum ad M. Brutum libri V Cum scholijs Pauli Manutij. Venice: apud haeredes Melchioris Sessae, 1569 [at colophon:]. 8vo, later stiff paperboards, ff. 114, . Printed in italic type.Woodcuts: printer's device on t.p. (winged horse within an ornamental cartouche adorned with swags of fruit and leaves and grotesque heads); head-pieces; ornamental initials.Rare first separate edition of Cicero's philosophic «Questions», with the notes of Paolo Manuzio, Aldus' son. The five books of Quaestions, written by Cicero at his villa in Tusculum (near Rome), were an attempt to popularize Stoic philosophy in Ancient Rome. Among the topics, the reflexions «On the contempt of death», «On bearing pain», «On grief of mind» «On other perturbations of the mind», «Whether virtue alone be sufficient for a happy life». The rhetor's theme De contemptu mundi, on the contempt of the world, was taken up by Boethius in the troubled closing phase of Late Antiquity and by Bernard of Cluny in the first half of the twelfth century.References: Not in Adams, not in BMC STC Italian. Cnce, 12414. OCLC 503191684 locates only 5 copies worldwide.
Condition Report: Light trace of use at title, but a fine copy.View additional info »
Description: RARE EDITION OF THIS TREATISE OF MILITARY STRATEGY, INCLUDING THE ARRAY OF THE INFANTRY ONLY ONE COPY IN USA Cicogna, Giovanni Matteo. Il primo libro del Trattato Militare di Giovan Mattheo Cicogna Veronese. Nel quale si contengono varie regole, & diversi modi, per fare con l'ordinanza Battaglie nuove di fanteria. Con due tariffe, l'una delle ordinanze, & l'altra delle battaglie quadre perfette per ogni faccia: & molti altri ricordi utilissimi ad ogni buon soldato. In Venetia (Venice): appresso Camillo Castelli, 1583. 4to (204x147 mm); XVIII century binding in quarter vellum, marbled paper boards (light trace of use) and white end-leaves; , 65,  leaves (last page blank); errors in foliation: leaves number 63-64 numbered 65-66, and then continuing with number 65; text in Italian; woodcut device at title-page (with two warriors, named: Gio. Matteo [the Author] and Camillo [the Publisher]); xylographic coat of arms of the dedicatee Ottavio Farnese on leaf *2r; many xylographic illustrations representing military formations and schemes; woodcut historiated head-letters. Rare edition of this work of military strategy, including the array of infantry.Giovanni Matteo Cicogna (16th century), was an Italian scholar, a historiographer and a military from Verona. References: IT\ICCU\BVEE\002057. CNCE, 12519. OCLC, 800742985 (France). Apparently only one copy in USA (located in the Franklin Penn Libraries Catalog, Philadelphia). Adams, C-2023.
Condition Report: Foxing at some quires, occasional waterstains, but good copy.View additional info »
Description: SCARCE EDITION OF CONSTANTINE'S COLLECTION OF ANCIENT TEXTS ON AGRICULTUREConstantine VII (Emperor). Costantino Cesare De li scelti et vtilissimi documenti de l'agricoltura nuouamente dal latino in uolgare tradotto. Per m. Nicolo Vitelli da Citta di Castello, con la tauola di tutto ciò che ne l'opera si contiene. Et con la dechiaratione de alcuni nomi antichi di pesci, come uolgarmente hoggidi se adimandano. Venice: Bartolomeo Imperatore & Federico Torresani, 1554 [at colophon:]. In Venetia: per Bartholameo detto Imperadore et Francesco suo genero, 1554. 8vo, near contemporary limp vellum, ff. 186, . Dedicatory letter to Stefano Grimaldi. The translation from Latin was made by the Umbrian humanist Niccolò Vitelli. Scarce edition in Italian language of this compilation of agriculture texts, ordered by the Emperor Constantine VII.The work deals with matters such as sowing rural, weather, farmer's calendar, grapes and wine (five books), olive and fruit trees, vegetable garden, the insect pests, farm animals, bees, horses, fishes, sheep and cattle, fishes. Constantine VII (905-959), was the fourth Emperor of the Macedonian dynasty of the Byzantine Empire, reigning from 913 to 959. He was the son of the emperor Leo VI and his fourth wife, Zoe Karbonopsina, and the nephew of his predecessor, the emperor Alexander.Constantine was renowned for his abilities as a writer and scholar. Besides the present excerpt, maybe deriving from a previous collection made by Cassianus Bassus in the 6th century, he wrote, or had commissioned, the works «On Ceremonies» describing the kinds of court ceremonies; «On the Administration of the Empire», giving advice on running the Empire internally and on fighting external enemies; a history of the Empire and «Excerpts from the Histories», a collection of excerpts from ancient historians (many of whose works are now lost). Also amongst his historical works is a history eulogizing the reign and achievements of his grandfather, Basil I.These books are insightful and of interest to the historian, sociologist, and anthropologist as a source of information about nations neighbouring the Empire.References: Adams, G-451 (under "Geoponica"). Cnce, 20682. OCLC, locates only 4 copies in worldwide public libraries (3 copies in USA, Harvard, UCLA and Rutger University).
Condition Report: A good copy.View additional info »
Description: AN ENCYCLOPEDIA OF STRANGE FACTS, MYTHS, STORIES, ANECDOTES AND "GOSSIP" OF THE PASTLuigi Contarini. Il vago, e diletteuole giardino, oue si leggono: gli infelici fini di molti huomini illustri. I varij, & mirabili essempi di virtù, & vitij degli huomini. I fatti, & la morte de' profeti. [...]. Raccolto dal Padre Luigi Contarino Crucifero. [...] Di nouo ristampato et ampliato. In Vicenza: Per gli Heredi di Perin Libraro, 1589. 4to, 17th century stiff vellum with handwritten title at spine, pp. , 488, [i.e. 504], ; numerous errors in pagination; title-page in a typographical frame; woodcut initials and ornaments.Second enlarged edition of this famous work written by the father crucifer Luigi Contarini (1537-1579), which became a best seller, being a singular Renaissance medley, where, in addition to more dissertations on various topics, there are also numerous short stories.Provenance: Handwritten ownership inscription at title page (Valerij Campo de Gallo).References: CNCE, 13147. OCLC, 38664749.View additional info »
Description: AN ENCYCLOPEDIA OF STRANGE FACTS, MYTHS, STORIES, ANECDOTES AND "GOSSIP" OF THE PASTContarini, Luigi. Vago e dilettevole giardino. Il vago, e diletteuole giardino historico, poetico, & geografico. Nel quale con mirabile artificio stanno collocati tutti i fiori, & frutti de gli historici antichi [...] Composta dal m.r.p. Luigi Contarini crocifero. Et in questa sesta editione accomodato, & con diligenza emendato. Vicenza: appresso Francesco Grossi, 1616. 2 volumes bound together in 4to, modern half calf with gilt title at spine, pp. , 468, 232, . First published in 1586, written by the father crucifer Luigi Contarini (1537-1579), this work became a best seller, being a singular Renaissance medley, where, in addition to more dissertations on various topics, there are also numerous short stories.References: IT\ICCU\TO0E\028542. OCLC, 1731625, 800783577, 474451325 and 797332364. BM, STC XVII Century, p. 255. Vinciana, 3383. Michel-Michel, II, 125. Brunet, II, 243. Graesse, II, 255. Erdmann, 164. Ferguson, Bibliographical Notes, I, part V, pp. 4-5. Passano, 227-229: «Bene fece il Borromeo a registrare nel suo Catalogo de' Novellieri questo libro». Papanti, Novellieri Italiani, I, p. 106.
Condition Report: Excellent copy, clean and crisp throughout.View additional info »
Description: RARE FIRST AND ONLY GIUNTINE EDITION OF THIS CLASSIC MILITARY HANDBOOKCornazzano, Antonio. De re militari. Nuouanmente [sic] con somma diligentia impresso. Florence: Giunti, 1520 [at colophon:] In Firenze: per li heredi di Philippo di Giunta, 1520 a di XXV di maggio. 8vo, later stiff vellum, ff. 183, . Title within architectural border; printer's mark on verso of last leaf.Scarce first and only Giuntine edition of Cornazzano's classic military Renaissance handbook. First issue with the word Nuouamente («newly») wrongly written at title-page. There is also a (second) correct variant. The work was printed for the first time in Pesaro by Soncino in 1507 and here reprinted by the heirs of Filippo Giunti.Antonio Cornazzano (about 1430-1484) was an Italian poet, writer, biographer, and dancing master.References: Adams, C-2646. Renouard, XLV, 32. Cnce, 13325. OCLC, 11718472.
Condition Report: Several traces of use at title-page, but overall a good copy.View additional info »
Description: FIRST EDITION OF CORNEJO'S «HISTORY OF FLANDERS»Cornejo, Pedro. Della historia di Fiandra, di Pietro Cornelio libri X. Nella quale si vede l'origine delle ciuili dissensioni, & guerre vniuersali dal principio fin a questi tempi; con la descrittione di tutto quel paese, in quante prouincie sia diuiso, la qualità de' Fiamenghi, i Stati generali, & come peruenisse nella casa d'Austria. Nouamente tradotta di spagnuolo in lingua italiana da Camillo Camilli. Con gli sommari a ciascun libro, et le annotationi in margine, & con vna tauola delle cose più notabili, che inessa si contengono. Brescia: Marchetti 1582. [at colophon:] In Brescia: per Vincenzo Sabbio ad instanza di Pietro Maria Marchetti, 1582. 4to, contemporary limp vellum with paper spine, ff. , 233, [3, the last two are blanks].Counterfeit of the Aldine anchor (but dextrorse) at title-page. The first word of title within ornamental head-piece; historiated white initials; head- and tail-pieces.First edition in Italian language of Cornejo's «History of Flanders».Var. A: nel verso del front. versi dedicati a Camillo Camilli e da p. a p.  dedica di Camillo Camilli a Scipio Costanzo. - Var. B: verso del front. bianco e da p. a p.  dedica di Pietro M. Marchetti a Camillo Palazzo.References: Not in Adams, who records only a late French edition (Lyon, 1578). Cnce, 13336. OCLC, 23624767 (five copies in USA).
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Description: DA MONTE'S COMMENTARY ON HIPPOCRATES' APHORISMS ONLY TWO COPIES IN USADa Monte, Giovanni Battista. Io. Baptistae Montani Veronensis philosophorum ac medicorum omnium suae tempestatis facile principis. Expectatissimae in Aphorismos Hippocratis lectiones, summa cura collectae, exactissimaque diligentia recognitae, ad medicinae studiosorum usum. [At colophon:] Finis primae particulae Aphorismorum Hippocra. cum lectionibus siue positionibus clarissimi Ioan. Baptistae Montani. Venetiis (Venice): apud Baltassarem Constantinum ad signum diui Georgii, 1553. 8vo, 20th century half vellum with handwritten title at spine, ff. 222,  leaves (final leaf blank).Printer's device at title-page and at recto of penultimate leaf.Second edition of this Latin translation of the first book of Hippocrates' aphorisms with Da Monte's commentary.It is also recorded a commentary on the second book, left unfinished by Monte. Giovanni Battista Da Monte (also known as Montano) (1489-1551) was a physician and professor at Padua, Naples and Ferrara, scholar and translator of Hippocrates, Galen, Avicenna.Provenance: Ancient signature (cancelled) at title-page.References: Cnce, 15924. OCLC, 50291408 and 123340411, which locate only two copies in USA (at the Library of Congress and at the Stanford University Libraries).
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Description: THE RENOWNED DAVILA'S: «HISTORY OF THE CIVIL WARS OF FRANCE»ONE OF THE GREAT BEST SELLERS OF THE HISTORY OF PRINTING Davila, Enrico Caterino. Historia delle guerre civili di Francia [...] nella quale si contengono le operationi di quattro re: Francesco II. Henrico III. Carlo IX. Henrico IV. Venezia, Francesco Ginami, 1664. 4to (210x160 mm), contemporary stiff vellum, red label with gilt-lettered title st spine, sprinkled edges in blue and red, pp. (26), 1056.Text in italics. Table of contents, chapter summaries, and marginal notes in roman type. Renowned Davila's «History of the French Civil Wars» (also known as French Wars of Religion), one of the great best sellers of the History of Printing, regarding the evenements happened during the reign four Kings: Francis II, Henry III, Charles IX and Henry IV. The French Wars of Religion (1562-98) is the name given to a period of civil infighting and military operations, primarily fought between French Catholics and Protestants (Huguenots). The conflict involved the factional disputes between the aristocratic houses of France, such as the House of Bourbon and House of Guise (Lorraine), and both sides received assistance from foreign sources. The exact number of wars and their respective dates are the subject of continued debate by historians; some assert that the Edict of Nantes in 1598 concludes the wars, although a resurgence of rebellious activity following this leads some to believe the Peace of Alais in 1629 is the actual conclusion. However, the Massacre of Vassy in 1562 is agreed to begin the Wars of Religion and the Edict of Nantes at least ended this series of conflicts. During this time, complex diplomatic negotiations and agreements of peace were followed by renewed conflict and power struggles. At the conclusion of the conflict in 1598, Huguenots were granted substantial rights and freedoms by the Edict of Nantes, though it did not end hostility towards them. The wars weakened the authority of the monarchy, already fragile under the rule of Francis II and then Charles IX, though it later reaffirmed its role under Henry IV. Enrico Caterino Davila (1576-1631) was an Italian historian and diplomat descending from a Spanish noble family. He entered the military service, and fought through the French civil wars until the peace in 1598. In 1599, he returned to Padua where he stayed until 1606. Subsequently he traveled to Parma, Rome and Rovigo and finally settled to Tinos where he held the post of governor. Later in his life Enrico was assigned as a governor of the Venetian possessions of Cattaro and Zara. Davila was murdered, while on his way to take possession of the government of Cremona for Venice, by a ruffian, with whom a dispute arose about relays of horses ordered for his use by the Venetian government. He planned a history of the civil wars in France in which he had taken a part, and during which he had see the leading personages and events. This work was completed about 1630, and was offered by the author to the publishers in Venice. At last Tommaso Baglioni, who had no work for his presses, undertook to print the manuscript, on condition that he should be free to leave off if more promising work offered itself. The printing of the Historia delle guerre civili di Francia was, however, completed, and the success of the work was immediate. Over two hundred editions followed: an English translation was made for Charles I of England by William Aylesbury, published as The Historie of the Civil Warres of France (1647). Provenance: Unidentified indications Sc. III, E, n° 10 of a library shelf in brown ink at spine. References: IT\ICCU\RMSE\005398 (which quotes only one copy in the Italian Libraries). OCLC, 319722352. No copies of this edition in USA.
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Description: EXTREMELY SCARCE FIRST EDITION OF PUCCI'S POEMS DEVOTED TO SAINT PETERPucci, Antonio. Le lagrime di S. Piero del reuerendissimo cardinal de Pucci. In Venetia: appresso Francesco Rampazetto, 1560. 8vo, later limp paperboards, pp. [24, the last is blank]. Very scarce first and only edition of Pucci's poems titled «Saint Peter's Tears» for his "betrayal", when he denied to know Christ. The work was edited by Verdizotti: the editor states, these poems were bound, as an appendix with a separate title-page (12 leaves numbered 40-52), to his translation of the second book of Virgil's Eneid. Antonio de Pucci (1485-1544) was a Florentine priest, who became bishop of Pistoia and successively cardinal in Rome.References: CNCE 37421 (quoting Verdizotti's traslation: the quires F-G of this work often lacking to the libraries that belong the main work). Not in OCLC. Apparently no extant copy in USA.
Condition Report: Usual traces of use, but a good copy.View additional info »