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Sette libri di satire di Ludovico Ariosto, Hercole Bentivogli, Luigi Alemanni, Pietro Nelli, Antonino Vinciguerra, Francesco Sansovino, ed altri scrittori.

Ariosto, Ludovico, & others; Francesco Sansovino, ed.

Published by Appresso Fabio, & Agostin Zopini fratelli, Venice, 1583
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Later edition of collected satires by famous Italian authors, edited by one of them, Francesco Sansovino (1521?86). Sansovino dedicates this collection to the historian Camillo Portio (Porzio, 1526 ? ca. 1580), and introduces it with an essay on the material of satire, which he breaks down as "pure simplicity, with severe acerbity, sometimes mixed with a bit of salt, or with some feature [that is] tasty, and acute." Prior to this, Sansovino also worked on the satires of Ariosto (1474?1533), separately published. The text is divided into sections by author, each of whom the editor introduces with a brief biography. A short abstract printed in roman precedes each poem, printed in italic. Fine woodcut head- and tailpieces, and a variety of initials in historiated, patterned, and factotum designs, decorate the text; and the title-page features the woodcut printers' device of Truth personified, flanked by an eagle, a lion, a bull, and an angel, representing the Four Evangelists. Provenance: Ownership inscription on front fly-leaf of Luigi Pagani Cesa, possibly the Italian jurist born at Belluno in 1855, who served as a member of Parliament for 1904?13; and the words "penso che" ("I think that . . .") written above, in an earlier hand? 8vo (14.6 cm, 5.75"). [8], 206, [1] ff. (lacking original final blank). Adams A1691; CNCE 2806. Later glazed cream-colored boards, title and date inked on upper spine, small paper label on lower spine, marbled red edges; boards soiled and front joint opening. One spot of worming on front pastedown and on colophon leaf; traces of former mounting on colophon leaf verso. Title-page with one letter added in manuscript (o, in Bentivoglio). Trimmed close at margins almost grazing headline on a few leaves. Very minor stains on a few leaves, generally bright and crisp. Bookseller Inventory # 30836

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Title: Sette libri di satire di Ludovico Ariosto, ...

Publisher: Appresso Fabio, & Agostin Zopini fratelli, Venice

Publication Date: 1583

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