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Lettera.. sopra una impresa d'un pino, con - - 1556. [1277589]
[Valerio & Girolamo Meda] for Giovanni Antonio degli Antoni, 1556. 8vo. (24) leaves. With a woodcut emblem of a pine tree on the title-page. Early 20th century calf, entry of ownership on the title-page dated 1658, a fine copy.FIRST EDITION, dedicated to Count Guido Sangiorgio (May 4, 1558). Interpreting an impresa concerning a pine tree with cones, Landi declares that he had read the treatises of Giovio, Ruscelli, Comenichi and Simeoni and holds that the five rules established by Giovio for the designation of an impresa are certainly sufficient and then develops his own theories on the subject."Schon der Titel stellt die Frage, der die bisherigen Traktate aus dem Weg gingen. Was bedeutet hier Natur, aus der noch offenbar ein beträchtlicher Teil des für die Pictura zu verwendenden Materials genommen wird? Der Brief verspricht überdies Auskunft über 'tutta la Natura del Pino' zu geben. Mit der oft nicht genug zu wiederholenden Einschränkung, dass es sich nicht um philosophische Traktate handelt und deshalb keine philosophische Erörterung des Naturbegriffs verlangt werden kann, muss geprüft werden, ob Natur hier einen gedeuteten Weltzusammenhang meint, so wie er beispielsweise im Physiologus begegnet, und ob dessen Trennung in einem naturkundlichen Bericht und eine teleologische Deutung nachgeahmt wird"? (D. Sulzer, Traktate zur Emblematik. Studien zu einer Geschichte der Emblemtheorie, St. Ingbert, 1992, p. 138).Costanzo Landi, scion of a noble family from Piacenza, had his first education in the humanities from Benedetto Labadini. He continued his studies at the University of Bologna, where he became a disciple and friend of Andrea Alciati. In 1546 he published a first collection of Latin verses, Lusus puerilium libellus. During his stay in Rome he became interested in numismatics. Until 1548 he is again in Pavia with Alciati and published some juridical tracts. In 1549 appeared his second collection of Latin verses, Carmina. During this time he had contacts with Alberto Lollio, Lilio Gregorio Giraldi, Giovanni Battista Giraldi Cinzio, Camillo Gambara, Girolamo Vida and Bernardo Tasso. In 1551-1552 he is found at Padua, possibly studying medicine (a treatise on hygiene and dietetics, was printed at Lyons in 1557, cf. W. Artelt, Costanzo Landi und seine 'Methodus de bona valetudine tuendi', in: "Sudhoffs Archiv für Geschichte der Medizin"?, 25, 1932, pp. 316-329). He spent the rest of his life in Pavia and Piacenza occupied with philosophical and numismatic studies (V. Osimo, Costanzo Landi gentiluomo e letterato piacentino del secolo XVI, Venezia, 1900, passim).Edit 16, CNCE29200, Universal STC, 837237, J. Landwehr, French, Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese Books of Devices and Emblems, 1534-1827, (Utrecht, 1976), p, 119, no. 441, M. Praz, Studies in Seventeenth Century Imagery, (Roma, 1975),p. 394.
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