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DATI, Agostino (1420-1478)
Elegantiolae. Add: Libellus de novem verbis et Libellus flosculorum,, n.d.
[Nicolò Brenta], after 1507. 4to (197x139 mm). [28] leaves. Collation: a-g4. Leaf g4 is a blank. Large woodcut vignette on title page showing a teacher in the act of giving a book to a young student. Large initials on l. a3r, e1v, and f2v. Contemporary marginal note (trimmed) on l. d2v. Recent half vellum with gilt title on spine, 18th-century marbled edges. A very good copy.EXTREMELY RARE EDITION (recorded in only one copy in Paris) of this very popular schoolbook by Agostino Dati, a pupil of Francesco Filelfo and a teacher of grammar. The edition also includes the Libellus de novem verbis and the Libellus flosculorum, that had first appeared in the 1503 Sienna edition of Dati's works.The Elegantiolaewere printed over a hundred times only in the thirty years that separates the year of the first edition (Cologne, 1470) and 1500, and remained a bestseller also all along the sixteenth century. For its practical purpose all the early editions of the Elegantiolae are extremely rare.Agostino Dati was born in Sienna in 1420. He learned Latin under the guidance of Francesco Filelfo, who was a professor in Sienna from 1434 to 1438 and considered him as the best of his Sienese students. To the knowledge of Latin Dati soon added that of Greek and Hebrew. Thanks to the fame he soon acquired as a scholar, in 1443 the Duke of Urbino invited him to teach in that city. Later Dati went to Rome, invited by Pope Nicholas V, who made him "magister pontificiarum epistolarum". Returning to Sienna shortly afterwards, Dati opened a school of rhetoric to which he devoted much of his time, animated … [Click Below for Full Description]
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