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FINE MANTUA EDITION OF THIS FAMOUS WORK OF MACARONIC LITERATURE

Folengo, Teofilo. Theophili Folengi vulgo Merlini Cocaii Opus Macaronicum notis illustratum, cui accessit vocabularium vernaculum, etruscum, et latinum. Editio omnium locupletissima. Pars prima [-altera]. Amstelodami [i.e.: Mantova]: sumptibus Josephi Braglia typographi Mantuani ad signum Virgilii, 1768-1771.

4to (284x210 mm), contemporary full vellum binding, handwritten title at spine, marbled edges, silk bookmarks; 2 volumes bound in 1; pp. [4], 8, LV, [1], 307, [19], [1] folding plate, [1] plate; [6], 411, [1].
First vol. title-page in red and black types and second one in black types, both with the engraved portrait of Virgil in a round frame, with the motto “Mantua me genuit. Ex antiq. Gemma”. Full page portrait of the Author at frontispiece, engraved by Domenico Cagnoni on a drawing by Domenico Maria Conti. A folding plate with the genealogy of the Author. Large and very fine engraved initials, head- and final-pieces.
For the correct printing place (Mantua instead of Amsterdam), see M. Parenti, Dizionario dei luoghi di stampa falsi, inventati o supposti. Firenze, 1951, p. 19 e BLC, 75, col. 14.

At the end of the text, in the second volume, there is a short Mantua dialect - Tuscan – Latin vocabulary, with its own half-title page: “Saggio d'un vocabolario mantovano, toscano e latino ad uso singolarmente di chi le mantovane voci brama di esprimere con le toscane loro corrispondenti”.

Teofilo Folengo (November 8, 1491 – December 9, 1544), who wrote under the pseudonym of Merlino Coccajo or Merlinus Coccaius, was one of the principal Italian macaronic poets.

References: IT\ICCU\LO1E\003791. OCLC, 17289121 and 906508979.

Condition

Light browning at some leaves; title-page top corner a bit soiled. Overall, a fine copy in its unsophisticated contemporary binding.

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[Poetry] Folengo, Opus macaronicum, 1768-71

Estimate €800 - €1,200Jun 9, 2016
via Enrico Toti 1
Verona, 37129
Italy
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