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VERGILE, Polydore
[De inventoribus rerum. In English]. An Abridgeme[n]t of the notable Worke of Polidore Vergile conteygnyng the Deuisers and first Finders out aswell of Artes, Ministeries, Feactes & ciuill Ordinaunces, as of Rites, & Ceremonies, commonly vsed in the Churche: and the originall Beginnyng of the Same. Compe[n]diousely gathered by Thomas Langley. 'Imprinted at London within the precincte of the late dissolved house of the grey Friers, by Richarde Grafton printer to the Princis grace, the.xxv. daie of Ianuarie, the yere of our Lorde, M.D.XLVI'.
London, 1546. Small 8vo (138 × 89 mm), ff. [8], Clvi [156], [11]; collates: A⁸ a-h⁸ I⁸ k-v⁸ x⁸(-x8), with colophon, minus final blank leaf. Woodcut arms of Edward Prince of Wales to verso of A8, printer's device to verso of v4. Some fingersoiling througout, lower forecorner (mostly blank) of M1 expertly torn away and neatly repaired with a just a few letters supplied in facsimile, small wormholes or short tracks to some lower marigns. Title with contemporary inscription at head (cropped) and early annotation to imprint: '& likwise printed at London by Jo. Tisdal', later (probably eighteenth-century) biographical inscription to front free endpaper, one modern ownership inscription. Eighteenth-century blindtooled panelled sprinkled calf, spine with 5 raised bands, red morocco label. Old shelf label to front free endpaper. Recent expert repair to joints. First edition in English, very rare, of this celebrated treatise on inventions and origins, including accounts of the invention of printing, theatre, mathematics, medicine, magic, religion, law, government (as well as prostitution and warm baths). First published in Latin in 1499 (Venice) and augmented in 1521, it digested a huge mass of classical, biblical and contemporary learning and became a Renaissance bestseller. As many as 30 Latin editions alone appeared before the author's death in 1555. The English translation, an abridgement by Thomas Langley, did not appear until 1546, by which time the Urbino-born Polydore had been resident in England for several decades. A diplomat, scholar and historian, Vergil counted Desideriu … [Click Below for Full Description]
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