1567 · In Vinegia
Uncommon edition of Parabosco's second comedy. In addition to his other plays and various literary works, Venetian Parabosco (c. 1524–57) composed several madrigals and served as the organist at Saint Mark's. As might be expected from a Giolito production, the text here is handsomely printed in single columns with italic type incorporating a variety of decorative headpieces, type ornaments, and historiated initials; two versions of his printer's device appear on the title-page and final page of text.
This edition follows those of 1547 and 1560, which was actually a collection with five additional Parabosco plays, and precedes a 1568 edition. Searches of Worldcat, COPAC, and NUC Pre-1956 reveal only three U.S. institutions reporting ownership (Duke, UPenn, and the Folger). This edition is also notably absent from most relevant bibliographies.
Provenance: An armorial bookplate of 19th-century English book collector Edward Cheney with the motto "Fato Prudentia Major" appears on the front pastedown; most recently in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
Bongi, Annali di Gabriel Giolito de Ferrari, I, p. 147 (1547 ed.); EDIT16 CNCE 26527. This edition not in Adams, Brunet, or Graesse. On Parabosco, see: Treccani (online). Vellum over boards, publication information inked on spine; evenly dust-soiled with ink faded. One tiny chip along edge of title-page; otherwise, light age-toning with a handful (only) of small light stains. Bookplate and label as above. => A pretty, pocket-sized play from a great 16th-century press. (Inventory #: 39555)