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Title: La Spada di Honore Libro Primo [ - Ottava]. Delle Osseruazioni Caualeresche del Senator Berlingiero Gessi. All' Altezza Serenissima di Cosimo III. Gran Duca di Toscana.
Description: In Bologna, Per l'Erede di Domenico Barbieri, 1671 Small 4to, 228 x 165 mms., pp. [xxxvi, including half-title and engraved title-page], 188 [189 - 222 index and letters, 223 colophon, with printer's device: In Bologna, M. DC. LXXI. Per l'Erede del Barbieri, all' Insegna delle due Rose. Con licenza de' Superiori. Ad instanza di Gio. Francesco Davico detto il Turrino, Con Privilegg, 224 blank]; and including engraved portrait (by Lorenzo Tintus after J. Rigus After) of Gessi before address to the reader, 10 further engraved plates (by Lorenzo Tintus after drawings or designs by Domenico Maria Canuti) included in registration, engraved head- and tail-pieces, complete with all plates as called for, contemporary limp vellum (slightly soiled), lettered in ink on spine; base of spine slightly wormed, but generally a very good and attractive copy, with fine impressions of the plates. Among the dedicatees of this rather impressive emblem book are Cosimo III, Grand Duke of Tuscany (1642 - 1723), with one dedication signed by Gessi (1631 - 1671) as well as Francesco Giovanni Sampieri, and others. Gessi attended the University of Bologna and was awarded at Ph. D. when he was 20. He was professor of law at Bologna and later spent much of his career in the Roman Catholic church, as, among other roles, a Papal Nuncio, governor of Rome, Bishop of Rimini, and a Cardinal. Landwehr, J. French, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese Emblem Books,; 316; Praz, M. Studies in 17th Century Imagery, 67; BN,; 59, p. 953; British Library Catalogue of 17th Century Italian Books, 388. Heckscher and Sherman, Emblem Books in the Princeton University Library, 361. Thimm, 114.

Keywords: Emblem priinting history literature

Price: GBP 1375.00 = appr. US$ 1963.48 Seller: John Price Antiquarian Books
- Book number: 8197

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