By Pietro Bembo
Venice   Giovanni Tacuino
12" by 8" [2], I-XCIIII, [1]pp
A very scarce, true first edition of Pietro Bembo's influential treatise on writing poetry.
By Pietro Bembo

1525 Prose Di M Pietro Bembo Nelle Quali Si Ragione Della Volgar Lingua

Venice   Giovanni Tacuino
12" by 8" [2], I-XCIIII, [1]pp
A very scarce, true first edition of Pietro Bembo's influential treatise on writing poetry.
£5,250.00
: 1kgs / : 698L22

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An Important Work, First Edition, Leather Binding, Pleasing Copy, Very Scarce

This is the true first edition of this work. Upon initial publication, this work was protected by a ten-year privilege, meaning counterfeits appeared. This is the true first edition, identified by the watermark to the paper being a cardinal's hat surmounted by a cross; the dimensions are 20 x 12.3cm; misprint 'altre' on G6 is corrected by hand to 'arte'; the colophon states 'le stampino' rather than 'la stampino'. STC Italian P.81; not in Adams or Gamba. The 'Prose della Volgar Lingua' is Bembo's most influential work. It was written in the vernacular, and explains how Petrarch is the perfect model for poetry. He analyses and discusses verse composition in great detail, touching on rhyme, stress, the sound of words and balance. Bembo's theory explains that a variety of emotions can be produced through specific placement of words in a poem, coupled with the precision of consonant and vowel placement in the line. In the original Florentine. This work was not only important in its analysis of poetry, but it inspired discussions on the language of Italy. Written in the vernacular, rather than Latin, it proposed the Florentine as a literary language for the Italian Peninsula. It was a crucial contribution to the linguistic unification of Italy, and brought Italian literature to the attention of humanist culture. Bembo's work was the cornerstone of the development of the Italian madrigal. From the library of Professor Cecil H Clough, reader in Medieval History at University of Liverpool. Collated, lacking the final blank, Q6, though collation varies and many copies do not have this blank. A bright copy of this important work.

Condition

In a later quarter morocco binding, with paper covered boards. Externally, generally smart. Rubbing to the joints and to the extremities. Loss to the spine. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are generally bright. Tidemarks to A1-A3 at the outer margin. Imperceptible repair to A1, not affecting text. P1 is misbound after P5. Light tidemarks to the margins of P-Q. Repairs to the margins of Q4-5. Occasional minor chips to the head of leaves. The occasional light spots to pages.

Good

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