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Factorum, Dictorumque Memorabilium libri IX. aucti, et restituti. Index copiosissimus omnium nominum de quibus passim in historia agitur.
Apud Ioannem Bellerum, sub Aquila aurea., 1565., Antuerpiae: - Small 8vo. [48], 798 pp. Woodcut title vignette, with an added extensive index of proper names, woodcut initial letters. Original full green vellum; heavily rubbed and darkened. With four manuscript pages at rear entitled, "Historia Lúdo?ico"[?]; marginalia (minor) p. 129. Very good. Rare. RECORDED THE EXTRAORDINARY – ONE OF THE WORLD’S EARLY ENCYCLOPEDIAS: Latin translation by Camillus Gilinus of the Italian original, which was never printed. Printed by Jean Beller (1526-1595). The work is a record of extraordinary events, or "memorable incidents", in history from the lives of famous men: Johannes Gutenberg and Christopher Columbus are both mentioned on page 634. "The anecdotal material is organized under eighty-nine headings, such as: On Majesty, On Fortitude, On Poverty, On Piety against Parents, On Military Stratagems, On Unusual Kinds of Death, etc. The work is an imposing encyclopedia of historical elementary materials of the kind that we find in the Vita Tamerlani of Enea Silvio and his successors." – Eric Voegelin, ?David L. Morse, ?William M. Thompson, History of Political Ideas: Renaissance and Reformation, 1998, p. 54. ". Fregoso’s text is the likely source for the humanist Girolamo Morlini’s story of a young girl’s transformation in a Neapolitan convent . This particular episode of spontaneous female-to-male sex change became an exemplary case and was routinely cited in both scientific and literary texts which discussed this marvel of physiology." – Suzanne Magnanini, Fairy-tale Science: Monstrous Generation in the Tales of Straparola . 2008. p. 58. Battista Fregoso (1450-1504) was the 40th Doge of the Republic of Genoa. He was educated by Raimondo Soncino, studying the humanities. He also studied the use of weapons. He was forced to flee to France, devoting himself to the study of writing and letters. When he did return home he was unable to regain his title. He was then banned again never to return. Brunet II 1422; Graesse II 645.
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