Spinula (Publio Francesco) Opera, collation: A-C8, A-D8, A-G8, A-E8, A-C8, A-D8, A-G8, A-D8, divisional titles, each with woodcut device, some minor water-staining, modern marbled boards, 8vo (143 x 90 mm.), Venice, Girordano Zileti, 1563.
⁂ First and only edition(s), a substantial nonce-collection of neo-Latin verse by a Milanese classical scholar, apparently then domiciled at Venice: his dedicatory prefaces are all dated from that city in November and December 1562. Two are devoted to imitations of Horace, and (more unusually) Catullus. Spinula addresses his verses to a wide variety of contemporaries, ranging from personal friends and relations in Milan and Brescia, to monarchs and statesmen (the Emperor Maximilian, Queen Mary of England) and scientific and literary celebrities - the last including the physician Gabriele Falloppio (several), the classical scholar Carlo Sigonio (two), the historian Giovanni Battista Pigna, the fabulist Gabriello Faerno, the printers Paulus Manutius and Giordano Zileti (Spinula's own publisher), and - most provocative, and perhaps unfamiliar to biographers - an epigram 'De Torquato Taxo, Bernardi fil.' At the time of Spinula's Epigrammaton libri III (preface dated December 1562), the younger Tasso was just eighteen years only, but already famous as the precocious author of Rimualdo. The errata at the end are crossed through lightly in ink, and corrected in the text, presumably by Joannes Wilhelmus Velsius, the near-contemporary Dutch mathematician and physician who signs the title in ink ('Sum Ioannis Vilhelmi Velsij').
Literature: Adams S 1603; BM Italian (as 'Spinola') p. 637; EDIT 16 CNCE 41002. RLIN locates seven copies, one of them imperfect.