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Alamanni (Luigi) La Coltivatione, first edition, first issue, collation: a-t8 u-x2 *2, fols. *1-*2 bearing the dedicatory epistle to 'Madama la Dalphina' bound after fols. x1 and x2 comprising the privilege of François I dated 28 August 1546, woodcut printer's device on title, title browned, foxing, some spots and soiling,19th-century russet morocco, spine faded, top edge darkened, a few scratches, upper joint slightly cracked at top, 4to (197 x 132mm.), Paris, Robert Estienne, 1546.

⁂ The first issue, with 'con privilegi' on title, of this famous didactic poem in 5,000 verses, composed in imitation of Virgil's Georgica.

Following the discovery of his part in a conspiracy against the Medici in 1522, Alamanni fled from Florence to France, where he joined the royal court and was recognised as one of the leading Italian poets of the age. It is the only book that the celebrated printer Robert Estienne issued entirely in a modern language other than French - even the imprint on the title-page is in Italian, 'Stampato in Parigi da Ruberto Stephano Regio Stampatore'; this is also the only book printed by Estienne in his larger italic type.

Provenance: ownership inscription 'ex bibliotheca Xauerij de Sancto Blasio[?]' on title.
Rothamsted acquisition date 1915.

Literature: Adams A409; Fairfax Murray, French, 3; Mortimer, French, 10; Oberle 356; Renouard, Estienne, 69:22; Schreiber 88.

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Alamanni (Luigi) La Coltivatione, first edition, first

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Auction Curated By:
Rupert Powell
International Head of Books and Works on Paper
Justin Phillips
Early and Continental Printing