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Opera dell’huomo dotto et famoso Giovan Boccaccio da Certaldo, dalla lingua latina nel thosco idioma per meser Nicolo Liburnio novamente trattata Monti, Selve […].

8vo (231×152 mm), [2], LXX (l. LX erroneously numbered LXX). Collation: *2 A-H⁸ I⁶. Light foxing, overall good copy in 18th century vellum.

First edition of the Italian translation of “De montibus”. The work is similar to a dictionary of geographical names appeared in the writings of classic authors. Boccaccio’s work were issued for the first time in 1473 by the Vindelinus’s workshop; probably the vulgarized edition was printed in the first years of 16th century by the Venetian Niccolò Liburnio (1474 – 1557),  canon of Saint Marc Cathedral and scholar of Dante, Petrarch and Boccaccio’s writings. Dedicated to Benedetto di Martini, the edition does not show the name of printer, nor the year and town. Nonetheless, it can be attributed  to the workshop of Gregorio de Gregori, or more generally to the Venetian school, and dated between the 1520s and ‘30s.

Provenance:  on title page, antique stamped bookplate with crown and monogram, erased in red. Illuminated coat of arms, not identified, on dedication page. The emblem is composed by a shield with a blue stripe on gilted field.

EDIT 16: CNCE 6252; Mostra di manoscritti, documenti e edizioni. Firenze, Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana, 22 maggio-31 agosto 1975, p. 64.

Category: Ancient literature
Century: 1500-1599
Additional info: Prima edizione