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TAEGIO, Bartolomeo (ca. 1520-1573)
La villa dialogo [.], all'Invittissimo, and gloriosissimo Imperatore Ferdinando Primo
Milano, Francesco Moscheni, 1559. AN IMPORTANT SOURCE FOR GARDEN ARCHITECTURE 4to (194x143 mm). [22], 181 [i.e. 185], [5] pp. (repeated three times in the numbering the leaves 102 and 103). Collation: A-P4Q6R-Z4 Aa-Cc4. With the printer's device on the title-page, a portrait of the author on its verso and four woodcuts in the text (two of full-page size).On the front pastedown bookplate "M. Cajrati, Milano", on the front flyleaf bookplate "Biblioteca Fagnani G." Con­­temporary limp vellum, ties lacking, manuscript title on the spine and on the lower edge, two tiny wormholes in the last two leaves carefully repaired touching two letters, last quire a bit loose, a few very light damp stains, but a very fine, fresh and genuine copy. VERY RARE FIRST EDITION. The work presents a broad picture of the advantages of rural life in sixteenth-century Lombardy in the form of a dialogue between two gentlemen, Vitauro and Partenio. Vitauro, in whose voice can be recognized Taegio's own, maintains the superiority of rural life compared to urban life, He tries to persuade Partenio to leave Milan and settle in the country. One of the benefits Vitauro argues, of living in the countryside is the pursuit of "otium' or honorable leisure, which involves indulging in reading and writing and engaging in learned conversations without any of the distractions that are typical of the urban environment. Taegio also distances himself from both his contemporaries and predecessors by separating the villa from its agricultural context. Unlike other contemporary contributors to villa literature, suc … [Click Below for Full Description]
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