Venice: Barnardo Basa & Barezzo Barezzi, 1592. First edition edited by Tomaso Costo (ca. 1545-1613), the Neapolitan-born poet, classicist, and member of the Accademia della Crusca. He used the edition of Platina that had been corrected by Onofrio Panvinio (1529-1568). This is a particularly attractive small illustrated edition. Platina's (1421-1481) work originally appeared in 1474. It is particularly prized for its accounts of the Popes of his own era. Woodcut title-page device, woodcut portrait of Platina, woodcut scene on p. 1, and approximately 240 woodcut portraits of the Popes with their coats-of-arms. Last few leaves with some old soiling at top inner margin and bottom outer margin. Otherwise a very good copy. Contemporary limp vellum, a bit soiled. Octavo. , 320 pp. Item #16625
OCLC lists ten copies worldwide, three in North America, at Cornell, the University of Illinois, and the Newberry Library.
Adams C2755 (listed under Costo). BM Italian STC, p. 596.