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Vinegia: In Casa de' Figlivoli di Aldo, 1546. FIRST EDITION . Hardcover. 146 x 95 mm (5 3/4 x 3 3/4"). 12 p.l., 5-147, [1] pp., [2] leaves. FIRST EDITION. Appealing old vellum over stiff boards, upper cover inscribed with a small "R" in ink, yapp edges, raised bands, ink titling on spine. Aldine anchor on first and last leaves. Text in an italic face. Front pastedown with engraved bookplate of classical scholar Thomas Gaisford (1779-1855); front flyleaf with ink ownership inscription of Patrizio Francesco Righi dated 1734 and with bookplate of Charles F. Roth tipped on; title page with an Italian signature dated London, 1657. Renouard 1546; Ahmanson-Murphy 311. Lower cover with half a dozen small brown spots of no consequence, occasional marginal foxing, faint dampstain to upper outer corner of a couple of gatherings, but really QUITE AN EXCELLENT COPY, the text especially fresh and clean, and in a pleasing unsophisticated binding with nothing approaching a significant defect. This is a series of 18 wide-ranging conversations regarding, among other things, beautiful women, their rarity, virtues, and so on. The characters in the conversations are generally fictitious, but a discussion of the nobility of cities and peoples is conducted by Aldus' patron, Marcus Musurus, and others. Renouard says this work formerly had a high reputation and doesn't deserve the neglect into which it had fallen, because it preserves many curious details of literary history in speaking of the learned men and great libraries of the time. Of special note in this regard is a discussion of the library at Fountainbleau, praised for its fine collection of Latin, Greek, and Hebrew books put together by François I. This is a rare book in the marketplace: in addition to the present volume, ABPC records just two copies at auction since 1975.
      [Bookseller: Phillip J. Pirages Fine Books and Mediev]
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