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Petrarca, Francesco & Thomas Twyne (translator)
Berkeley / Santa Cruz, CA: Foolscap Press, 1993; large 4to. full leather, clamshell box; 138 pages. Limited to 175 numbered copies. Here is a book that fairly crackles with wit and wisdom, for six hundred years have not dimmed its ability to speak to our minds through the clarity of its perspective, the power of its language, and the vivid pertinence of its thought. Because of the genius shown in his lyrical works, Francesco Petrarca (1304-1374) inspired the Renaissance in Italy. He set patterns and standards for the revival of learning and, at the same time, was a powerful advocate for the preservation of valuable manuscript material. From the classic models, Petrarch transmitted a refinement of taste and thought, and a polish and politeness of speech and style. This copy is bound in a full artist-binding by Don Etherington, bookbinder and former director of Conservation at both the Library of Congress and the Harry Ransom Center (Austin, TX). The binding is a full black and gray crushed moracco with leather onlay panels and ruling in blind. Leather spine label with title stamped in gray ink. Handmade headbands. Beautiful marbled paper makes up the pastedowns and endpapers. Stamped by the binder on the rear pastedown 'Don Etherington 2018'. The book is housed in a custom cloth-covered boards clamshell box with a leather spine label with the title stamped in gray. Petrarch's original manuscript, De remediis utriusque fortunae, or Remedies for Both Good and Bad Fortune, or Phisicke Against Fortune, is a work of prose consisting of two hundred and fifty-three dialogues that … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Oak Knoll Books/Oak Knoll Press [United States]
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