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La nobiltà dell' asino di Attabalippa dal Perù. Riformata da Griffagno delli Impacci, et accresciuta di molte cose non solo piacevoli, curiose, et di diletto...
Barezzo Barezzi, 1599. Satiric tribute to the noble donkey, inspired by the "famosa, et eccelsa . . . Signora Torre delli Asinelli" and written by a true Renaissance man who for this work presented himself as King Attabalippa, a fancifully mythic European conception of Atahualpa, last emperor of the Incas. Banchieri, a Benedictine monk, was a notable composer, organist, and music theorist as well as a poet and playwright -- and => the copper-engraved title-page of this edition features portions of a six-part canon to be sung by King Donkey and five other animals. In addition, the descriptions of the dog, the horse, the lion, the monkey, and the elephant in the first part of the work are illustrated with in-text woodcuts, and the second part opens with => a woodcut of the animals processing with pomp, circumstance, and a snare drum. This is an early edition, following the first of 1592. As is generally reported of other copies, not to mention strongly suggested by various bibliographies, La Nobile & Honorata Compagnia delli Briganti dalla Bastina is not present here despite its mention on the title-page. Provenance: Front pastedown with armorial bookplate of Edward Davies Davenport (1778-1847, "Time deum et honora regem"). Most recently the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
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