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Il Cortegiano.] The Courtyer of Count Baldessar - (ESSEX HOUSE PRESS.) [CASTIGLI - 1900. 
London: The Essex House Press, published by Edward Arnold,, 1900. divided into foure bookes. Very necessary and profitable for yonge gentilmen & gentilwomen abiding in court, palaice or place, don into Englyshe by Thomas Hoby. Square octavo. Original full limp vellum, titles gilt to spine, green silk ties. Woodcut floral initials by C. R. Ashbee throughout. A fine copy. First edition thus, number 126 of 200 copies printed at the Essex House Press reprinting the first English translation Baldessare Castiglione's Il Cortegiano by Thomas Hoby "in honour of the great Elizabethans... The work has been edited from the Cambridge University Library copy of the editio princeps of 1561, by Janet E. Ashbee, and carried out under the supervision of C. R. Ashbee, from whose hand is also the alphabet of bloomers" (rear colophon). An exquisite copy of a rare and beautiful private press printing of an interesting text.
[Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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