Venice: Presso Gio. Battista Bonfadio, 1586. Endpapers from an old Spanish printed text. Some light browning to first and last work at lower margin, occasional contemporary ink underscoring. Generally a very good, clean copy. Popular edition of The Nymphs of Fiesole, edited by Francesco Sansovino (1521-1586), esteemed author, who was edited many great Italian literary works (including Cento novelle scelti de’ più nobili scittori della linga volgare) and translated many classical works into Italian. An uncommon edition; OCLC lists six copies in America. [Together with:] Groto, Luigi. Luigi. Delle rime di Luigi Groto. Novamente ristampate, & ricorrette dal medesimo Auttore. Venetia: Agostino Zoppini, & Nepoti, 1598. Twelvemo. 190, [2, blank] pp. Later edition of the poems of Groto (1541-85), called “The Blind Man of Adria”—but also a rare edition—not listed in OCLC or RLIN. [and:] Groto, Luigi. La Calisto nova favola pastorale. Nuovamente stampata. Venetia: Agostin Zopini [sic], & Nepoti, 1599. Twelvemo. 81, [1, colophon], [2, blank] leaves. Later edition. OCLC notes for copies. [and:] Divizio, Bernardo, da Bibbiena, Cardinal. Calandra comedia…Di nuovo con somma diligenza corretta & ristampata. Venetia: Lucio Spineda, 1600. Twelvemo. 54 leaves. Later edition of Cardinal da Bibbiena’s (1470-1520) most famous and admired literary work. This edition not in OCLC or RLIN. The four works are bound together in full stiff vellum, with the title of the first in manuscript on the spine, ties lacking. Twelvemo. 260, [2, blank] pp. Item #11601
Four Italian literary works, in a pocket-sized volume, testament to the rapid spread of books and learning in the first hundred or so years after Gutenberg. All of these editions are scarce.