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Vergilius Maro (Publius).- Foresi (Bastiano) Libra chiamato Ambitione, collation: a4 b-l8 m6, 89 leaves (of 90, lacking final blank), text in single column, 24 lines, type 112R, initial spaces with guide-letters, some staining, early 19th century tree sheep, gilt spine in compartments and with red and green leather labels, 8vo (204 x 128mm.), [Florence], [Antonio di Bartolommeo Miscomini], [c.1481-1484 or 1489-1491].

⁂ Rare first edition of this poem extolling the virtues of Virgilian pastoral philosophy, as found in his Georgica. It takes the form of a dialogue between a narrator and an allegorical figure named Ambitione, who tries to persuade the former to remain in Florence and to join in the political life of the city. The narrator, however, forewarned by Virgil against the schemes of Ambitione, declines and decides to devote himself to agriculture, whose rules he then begins to outline, which leads directly into Foresi's paraphrase of the Georgica. Foresi was a close friend of Marsilio Ficino.
Provenance: 'June 1816 D's sale at Evans, £4. 8s', probably R.H. Evans of Pall Mall (ink inscription to head of front free endpaper).
Rothamsted acquisition date 1917
Literature: ISTC if00243000; HCR 7231; GW 10173; BMC VI 644; IGI 4015; Goff F-243; Copinger Incunabula Virgiliana, 156; Mambelli 951.

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Virgil.- Foresi (Bastiano) Libra chiamato Ambitione,

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Auction Curated By:
Rupert Powell
International Head of Books and Works on Paper
Justin Phillips
Early and Continental Printing
220 Queenstown Road
London, SW8 4LP
United Kingdom
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