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La Biblioteca Aprosiana, Passatempo Autunnale - APROSIO, Angelico - 1673. 
Frontis. containing the interior of the Aprosiana (outer margin a little trimmed as usual on outer margin). L (incl. the frontis.), , 336, 387-733 pp. 12mo, 18th-cent. red morocco (title & frontis. with small defects), sides panelled in gilt, spine nicely gilt, green morocco lettering piece on spine, a.e.g. Bologna: Manolessi, 1673. First edition of the very rare catalogue of the books donated by Aprosio to the library which was to bear his name. "Angelo Aprosio of Ventimiglia was in correspondence with most of the learned men of his day, and they sent him many books to read. Aprosio's catalogue of 1673 is a small duodecimo list of these gifts in alphabetical order of the donors' names. The purpose of such a fantastic method of arrangement was presumably to attract more gifts; but the printed catalogue goes no further than the letter Câ€¦This catalogue became celebrated as a picture of the learned world in Aprosio's day, and it was translated into Latin by J.C. Wolf at Hamburg in 1734."-Pollard & Ehrman, pp. 262-63. The text is full of anecdotes, erudite curiosities, bio-bibliographical references, historical notices, and literary quotations. Very good copy of an extremely rare book. Contemporary ownership inscription on title of Giacomo Cenni. Bookplates of Robert Shafto (ca. 1732-97), the politician, William Adair, and A.R.A. Hobson. ? Brunet, I, 325-"Ouvrage rare." Grolier Club, Bibliography, 67-"Although the work ends with the letter C, and remained incomplete, the large number of entries makes it one of the earliest and most comprehensive select bibliographies of Italian literature. It enjoyed great popularity among scholars as a reference work." Nicolini 120-"Questo raro volumetto." Peignot, p. 77-"fort rare." Taylor, Book Catalogues, pp. 5-6, 105, 110, 144, 181, & 207.
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