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Pauli Jovii Novocomensis episcopi Nucerini Illustrium virorum vitae. Quibus nunc accesserunt Turcarum imperatorum vitae, eodem autore, ex Italico in Latinum conversae, cum genuino indice.

Giovio, Paolo.

Published by Per Henricum Petri et Petrum Pernam, Basileae [i.e., Basel], 1567
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Renaissance collector, writer, and rascal, Giovio's most important writing is his "Lives of Illustrious Men." Written in what is often called "law style" and clearly in part an outgrowth of his passion for collecting oil portraits of the great, it has among its nearly 200 biographies a judicious sprinkling of reports on contemporaries who were solicited for financial contributions, which solicitations were thinly disguised blackmail demands. => Those who paid had much embellished biographies; those who didn't were treated harshly and faults and sins were exposed ruthlessly. Among the booty Giovio thus obtained were two houses and much gold and silver. Added to this edition is Francsco Negri's Latin translation of Giovio's Commentario de le cose de' Turchi ("De rebuvs et vitis imperatorum Turcarum usque ad Solymanum"; vol. 2, pp. 390?[472]). Provenance: 17th-century ownership signature of "Ant. de Sedorne" on title-page; two 19th-century stamps on same, one unidentified and the other of the "Seminarium Sancti Nicolai de Cardueto"; and stamp on verso of same, of the Redemptorist Fathers of the Mount St. Alphonsus Seminary (deaccessioned). 8vo. 2 vols. in 1. (891 [i.e. 893], [3] pp. (pp. [895?96] blank); 482 [i.e., 472], [104] pp.). VD16 G2077; Adams G666. Early vellum with precursor yapp edges, author/title inked old-style on top page edges as well as on spine; text block recased and new ties attached. Text browned in places, light waterstaining in some lower portions, stamps as noted above, else a good++ copy and => an impressively thick fistful of book. Bookseller Inventory # 34405

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Title: Pauli Jovii Novocomensis episcopi Nucerini ...

Publisher: Per Henricum Petri et Petrum Pernam, Basileae [i.e., Basel]

Publication Date: 1567

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