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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 (266x196 mm), half vellum binding, marbled paper at boards, gilt title on leather label at spine (worn); 2 vols; 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 chalcographic 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.

Provenance: Handwritten ownership inscriptions at both title-pages (partially deleted).

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


Strong traces of use to the binding, with abrasions and lack of paper at boards. Browning at some leaves; water-stains; soiling at title-pages. Worm-holes at some leaves bottom (second vol.). A fair copy.

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[Poetry] Folengo, Opus macaronicum, 1768-71, 2 v.

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