Indice de gl’uomini illustri, del Sig. Ieronimo Ruscelli. Opera utilissima à chiunque vorrà hauer notitia, e valersi di tutti i nomi, & conditioni de gli uomini, & donne, & Dei, celebrati così da Poeti, come da gl’Istorici, e da F
Ruscelli, [Girolamo].

Venetia: Appresso Comin da Trino di Monferrato, 1572. First edition. Woodcut printer’s device on title, woodcut headband and decorative initial letters. Edges of covers rubbed, light dampstain in bottom margin of first twenty or so leaves. Late nineteenth-century armorial bookplate on front pastedown, ink inscription of the grandson of the owner of the bookplate. A very good copy. Eighteenth-century half calf over speckled boards, gilt spine with brown morocco label, decorative pastedown endpapers. Small quarto. [4], 172 leaves. (Item ID: 7632)


Ruscelli (d. 1566), a prolific scholar and writer, was born in Viterbo. He is also known as Alessio Piedmontese or Alexis of Piedmont. His best-known works include Del modo di comporre in versi (1559), Commentari della lingua italiana (1576), and the wonderful illustrated book, Le imprese illustri, containing 135 copper-engravings of emblems and devices (Mortimer, Harvard Italian, 449). He was also the first commentator of his friend, Ariosto. The present posthumously-published work is a biographical dictionary, identifying hundreds of men and women and their contributions.

BM STC Italian, p. 593. Not in Adams.

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