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        I Aurelius Augurellus [Iambicus, Sermonum, Carminum libri]

      Venice: Aldus Manutius, 1505. Boards. Octavo (16cm); [128] leaves, including blank second and penultimate leaves, and last leaf with Aldine device on verso. Bound in 18th-century 1/2 mottled calf over mottled paper-covered boards, with red leather lettering piece. Modern owner's bookplate. Scattered light foxing, faint soiling on title. References: Renouard, page 49 #2 ("edition belle et rare"); Adams A-2152; Ahmanson-Murphy 73; Kallendorf-Wells 81; Edit.16 I-3340; IA 110036. Recognized in his day as one of the most cultivated humanists of his generation, Augurelli has fallen into near total obscurity. Standard Internet sources merely repeat each other's superficialities and factual errors. I found better information in 18th-century literary historians (Tiraboschi, Rambaldo degli Azzoni), and Roberto Weiss's 1962 article in the Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani. Born in Rimini, the 19-year-old Augurelli went to Florence, where he knew Poliziano and was close with Ficino. Ultimately, his mentor there was Bernardo Bembo, and his fellow student was Bernardo's son, Pietro Bembo. In his early 20s, Augurelli (with the Bembos) went to Padua to study law, but continued to excel in studia humanitatis, He studied Petrarch under Gian Giorgio Trissino, who praised him in print for being the first to make a rigorous linguistic analysis of Petrarch's language (a project later carried to perfection by Pietro Bembo). He published his first book of Latin poems to much acclaim in 1491, including quite personal poems about his friends, his life, his relationship with the Bembos and with his boss the Bishop of Treviso. In the succeeding years, Augurelli ascended the chair of Humanities at Treviso and continued to write excellent poetry in Latin. Aldus Manutius approached him in 1504, and the much augmented book of poems was published the following year. It includes verse directed to patrons, friends, and social contacts. Weiss calls it "elegant, demonstrating a mastery of the language and ease of versification...." The book also includes a small poem about alchemy. Ten years later, this poem would be published in an expanded version that would, I think, seal the author's obscurity. Contemporary tastemakers such as Paolo Giovio and, later, Julius Caesar Scaliger, publicly hated the poem on the art of making gold. Giovio said Augurelli "went crazy" and was "lost in pursuit of alchemy." The text of the poem itself, however, protests that it is just a fiction, a game. This is, in any case, the only Aldine edition of an elegant and effectively unrecovered text of Neo-Latin lyrics by one of the movement's principal practitioners.

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