1535 · [colophon: Venetiis
Italian humanist and pastoral romance writer Jacopo Sannazaro (1458–1530) here showcases his elegies, epigrams, and eclogues (with the "Salices"), his "Lamentation on the Death of Christ," and his "De Partu Virginis," a curious Christian poem that won him the title of the Christian Virgil. Sannazaro was a favorite at the court of Naples and also wrote works in the Neapolitan dialect.
The text is neatly printed in single columns using mostly italic and some roman type, with unaccomplished guide letters; the iconic Aldine printer's device appears on the title-page and final page of text. This edition also contains a preface by Paulus Manutius, and Renouard notes it is "mieux ordonnée et plus complète que les précédentes, de 1527, 1528, 1529 et 1533." The second section of text has its own title-page reading "Elegiarum libri tres, et totidem epigrammaton, nuper emissi."
Provenance: Early inked initials "G.V." on title-page; most recently in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
Adams S313; Renouard, Alde, 1535, no. 3; Kallendorf & Wells, Aldine Press Books, 255; UCLA, Aldine Press: Catalogue of the Ahmanson-Murphy Collection (2001), 279. On Sannazaro, see: Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th ed., XXIV, 154. Later, but still early, vellum over pasteboards, faded inking on spine, all edges dyed blue; dust-soiled, some blue bleeding a little into the margins, one instance of wormtracking, light pencilling on endpapers. Light age-toning with the very occasional spot, stain, or creased corner, and one gathering with mild marginal waterstaining; one tiny hole to title-page and a larger one in a gutter, one leaf with a paper flaw at its edge, two leaves showing rust from a paperclip, and two more with short marginal marks in old crayon. Provenance indicia as above; a volume sound and attractive. (Inventory #: 38416)