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LEO X, Pope. 1513-1521
Petri Bembi Epistolarum Leonis Decimi Pont. Max. Nomine Scriptarum Libri XVI
D. de Harsy for S. Vincent, Lyon, 1538. Second Edition. Employing Bembo to draft and send these five hundred eighty-one chronologically arranged letters, Pope Leo X addressed Raphael, Lucrezia Borgia (with whom Bembo had a notorious affair), rulers from England to Hungary to Venice and dozens of Italian city states, friends' daughters, prelates, humanists, merchants, intimates and artists. Bembo's poem on Lago di Garda and five of his private letters to Erasmus, Longolius and Budé conclude the volume. Nice copy (spot on one leaf), a couple of uncut edges, early signature of Do. Sofronio ?Parri, bookplate of Guelfo-Sitta. Erdmann, Ars epistolica 65. Contemporary limp vellum (stained, spine damaged), overlapping edges, contemporary gothic lettered manuscript title in a cartouche on the front panel with the owner's initials and arms on the sides and below, manuscript spine title, evidence of four ties
Bookseller: Bruce McKittrick Rare Books, Inc. [Narberth, PA, U.S.A.]
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