1530 · Parisiis
First and only Colines edition from Italian Renaissance father and son poets, containing a dedication by Aldus Manutius to Lucrezia Borgia, an extensive table of contents, poems by Ercole Strozzi (1473–1508) followed by those of his father Tito Vespasiano Strozzi (1424–1505), and "Oratio tumultario habita à Coelio Calcagnino in funere Herculis Strozae." The content covers a variety of themes — from the religious to the erotic — and formats, including numerous elegies and epitaphs.
The text is neatly printed in single columns of italic text, with a few uncompleted guide letters and initial letters in roman; the Colines "Tempus II" printer's device of Time with his scythe appears on the title-page, with the motto "Hanc aciem sola retundit virtus" on a ribbon over a cartouche containing the word "tempus." The text was originally published by Aldus in 1513; Colines enhances the introduction with a 33-line epitaph to the poet.
Binding: 19th-century rather deeply diced calf; spine gilt-lettered, gilt-ruled with solid and dotted lines, and gilt-stamped with a central floral device in five compartments. Covers framed with a gilt rope and floral roll, board edges with a dash and dot roll in gilt, turn-ins gilt with a Greek key roll; Stormont marbled endpapers, all edges gilt, ribbon place marker.
Evidence of Readership: A reader has helpfully added inked marginal reference numbers approximately every eight lines, for ease of navigation, and entered one small correction in an early hand.
Provenance: From the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
Schreiber, Colines, 68; Renouard, Simon de Colines, pp. 166–7; Moreau, Éditions parisiennes du XVI siècle, III, 2292; Adams S1957. Bound as above, gently rubbed with some loss of leather at corners; joints (outside) refurbished and front one beginning to crack but covers solidly attached. A few pencilled notes on endpapers; faint touches of hand-coloring on title-page and (perhaps) one leaf of text. Light age-toning with a handful of spots, three small marginal paper flaws including one to title-page; two other small holes and one repair. Provenance and readership markings as above, perhaps a third of the marginal numbers partially trimmed. A pleasurable book to hold or => use. (Inventory #: 38144)