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GUICCIARDINI, LODOVICO. L’Hore di Ricreatione di m. Lodouico Guicciardini patritio florentino Nuouamente ristampate, e con somma diligenza ricorrette […]. In Venetia, Appresso Lucio Spineda M D C IIII. [Venice, Spineda, 1604].

16mo (127x70 mm), contemporary stiff vellum with calligraphic title at spine, pp. 255. Elegant woodcut border ar title-page.

Scarce revised edition of Guicciardini’s «Hours of Recreation» a delicious Renaissance collection of jokes and memorable sayings.

The Hours belong to the literary genre of jokes and memorable saying, that was very popular in the Renaissance: we remember the Erasmus’ Apophthegmata, the Bebel’s Facetiae, and a lot of anonymous popular collections. The sources of Guicciardini’s work are numerous: classic sources, popular mottos of the Tuscan tradition, family memories. Some anecdotes are licentious but the most part are amusing tales and maxims.

With this title L’hore di ricreatione and the dedicatory letter to the Duke of Seminara (probably Carlo Spinelli, dead in 1563), the work was published at Antwerp for the first time in 1568 and had a great success with 27 editions and a lot of translations.

Ludovico Guicciardini (1521–1589) was an Italian writer and merchant from Florence, but who lived primarily in Antwerp. He was the nephew of historian and diplomat Francesco Guicciardini, considered the Father of Modern History. His best-known work, The Description of the Low Countrey was an influential account of the history and the arts of the Low Countries, accompanied by city maps by various leading engravers.

References: IT\ICCU\CFIE\010780 (only 3 copies). OCLC, 705605301. No copy of this edition in USA.


Title-page a bit soiled, minor foxing, but a good, unsophisticated copy.

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[Jokes and Sayings] Guicciardini, 1604

Estimate €300 - €400Jun 9, 2016