GIOVIO, Paolo (1483-1552) – Lodovico DOMENICHI (1515-1564). Dialogo dell’Imprese Militari et Amorose… WITH SIMEONI, Gabriello (1509-1575)

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GIOVIO, Paolo (1483-1552) – Lodovico DOMENICHI (1515-1564). Dialogo dell’Imprese Militari et Amorose… WITH SIMEONI, Gabriello (1509-1575). Le Imprese Heroiche et Morali Ritrovate da M. Gabriello Symeoni Fiorentino…. Lyon: Guglielmo Roviglio, 1559.


2 works in one volume. 4to., (8 x 6 inches). 2 title pages with woodcut devices, vignette portrait of the author, printer’s device to verso of second title page, head- and tail-pieces, initials (without pages 123, 124, 125, and 126; some staining, a few pages torn with loss). 134 (of 137) engravings within the text (occasional staining, occasional ink smearing). Contemporary limp vellum (detached, early repair to rear hinge).

Provenance: Vellum binding lined with a sheet of contemporary manuscript in Latin; early manuscript inscriptions to title page; contemporary manuscript underlining and manicules throughout the text. With the bookplate of a Venetian convent to the inner front cover: “Conventus S. M. Angelorum Publei.”

First illustrated edition, first published without illustrations in Rome in 1555. Scarce first illustrated edition of the FIRST ITALIAN EMBLEM BOOK. The oval emblematic illustrations are set in a series of grotesque or strapwork ornamental rectangular borders. “Paolo Giovio's ‘Dialogo delle imprese’ is the work which gave origin to the rich tradition of Italian treatises and dialogues on the impresa. It first appeared in printed form, alone and unillustrated, in 1555, three years after its author’s death, soon followed, in 1556, by two distinct editions issued by Ludovico Domenichi and Girolamo Ruscelli, who joined their respective works, a ‘Ragionamento’ and a ‘Discorso’ ‘on the same subject,’ to the original ‘Dialogo.’ After the first illustrated printed version, published by Domenichi in 1559, another important chapter of Giovio’s fortune was the edition by Gabriello Simeoni (1559), with further imprese and verses [as here]. Circulating together with Giovio’s treatise, all these works substantially contributed to its great fortune” (University of Glasgow online). Landwehr 337. Praz 352. Vinet 845. Vgl. Baudrier IX, 349. Gültlingen, Rouillé 447 & 456.