In Venetia: Gioliti, 1588. Elaborate woodcut architectural border on title-page, each leaf within woodcut border. Three full-page woodcut illustrations, woodcut floral device on final leaf. Covers lightly soiled. A very good, crisp copy. Quarter later stiff vellum over pink cloth boards, pink decorative endpapers, edges stained yellow. Small quarto.  ff. Item #16230
Sannazaro (1458-1530) was born in Naples of a family of noble Spanish birth. As a poet, he was patronized by Frederick, King of Naples, and he accompanied that monarch in his exile to France. His best known work is the pastoral poem, Arcadia, which is esteemed as a model of elegance and purity of verse. While traveling in Venice, Sir Philip Sidney is said to have purchased the 1571 Sansovino edition of Sannazaro, and, as Katherine Duncan-Jones reports in her 1991 Sidney biography: “This purchase was momentous for Elizabethan ‘Golden’ literature, for it determined the title and genre of Sidney’s own Arcadia and also, if the theory [first put forth in a 1988 article by S.K. Heninger] is correct, the format, at least, of Spenser’s Shepheardes Calender (1579), designed to recall to its dedicatee, Sidney, the Sannazaro volume” (Sir Philip Sidney, Courtier Poet, p. 77).
Adams S332. Bongi, Giolito, II, pp. 488-489.