Lot 141: Venice 1553, Rusconi's rarissime Ovid with over 150 woodcuts

Adams Amsterdam Auctions

June 19, 2017
Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Description: LITERATURE - [OVID, adapted by] Lodovico DOLCE. [...] Le Trasformationi di M. Lodovico Dolce [...]. Venice, Gabriel Giolito de Ferrari, 1553. Sm. 4to. Contemp. full vellum (probably re-used, sl. worn and soiled, faded inscriptions on spine and upper left corner of the front cover, binding shaken). Front endpaper missing. With illustrated title page (sl. worn affecting the upper right of the title decoration incl. some loss) and numerous woodcut illustrations by Giovanni Antonio Rusconi throughout. With the famous Mappa Mundi indicating the whole centre part of the world as 'inhabitabile' (= inabitabile/uninhabitabile). Sl. stained with (repaired) marginal tears/small holes (text not affected), occasional contemp. inscriptions and a drawing in the right margin of p. 63, plate p. 17 repeated on p. 18 and pagination error (p. 208) as usual. First edition. Rare. (12), 310, (2) pp.
Illustration depicting a love scene between Salmacis and Hermaphroditus (p. 90) had been clipped out - probably for censorship reasons - and later pasted back. The eroticism of this picture made it subject to censorship more often. For example, in the copy from Universidad Complutense de Madrid the naked bodies were boldly covered under black ink (see p. 90, http://ovid.lib.virginia.edu/LD1553.pdf) to protect the readers from a shameful image. Very rare contemporary work illustrated by Rusconi, a uomo universale who (almost) translated Vitruvius and collaborated with Palladio.
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