1562 · In Venetia
Fray Antonio de Guevara (ca. 1481–1545) was a historian, bishop, court historiographer of Charles V, and acclaimed Golden Age literary figure. This volume presents an early Italian translation of his Aviso de prevados y doctrina de cortesanos — in which Guevara lays out the duties of courtiers (specifically, of the secular rather than religious members of a royal entourage) — along with => the first Italian translation of the author's Menosprecio de corte, a popular, critical satire on courtly life. This printing is not common in the U.S., with WorldCat locating only six reported institutional holdings (Columbia, UCLA, UMichigan, UIllinois, Harvard, UWisconsin-Milwaukee, Huntington).
Provenance: Title-page with traces of partially effaced early institutional armorial rubber-stamp; later in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
EDIT16 CNCE 22234; Palau 110317; USTC 835287. Not in Adams. Contemporary limp vellum, evidence of ties now gone; spine with some sections chipped away, remnants of blue and white printed label, and inked title; binding stained, rubbed, and worm tracked with title-page, last two leaves of text, and endpapers also tracked. Interior overall rather nice with age-toning, intermittent foxing or faint marginal waterstaining, and a few leaves creased along corners. Otherwise a few flawed leaves, probably from paper manufacture, and pagination erratic; provenance indicia as above, front free endpaper with early inked annotation in Italian, and one marginal accent in ink Sound, despite noted binding flaws, and an interesting work. (Inventory #: 39705)