1792 · Parma
Born Angelo Ambrogini but commonly known as either Poliziano or Politian[us], this author tutored the children of Lorenzo de' Medici, taught at the University of Florence, and not only translated Latin and Greek classics but also produced significant poems of his own in both Latin and Italian. His writings were read and praised by Erasmus, Pico della Mirandola, Battista Guarini, and many other eminent scholars of the Renaissance — with Erasmus going so far as to make use of Poliziano's Epistolae (as they were originally titled) for his Adagia. The present piece, a verse tribute to Giuliano de' Medici, was unfinished in Poliziano's lifetime and some debate has ensued over the joust referenced in the name commonly given for the poem, Stanze per la giostra.
Here, the two existing books of the Stanze are handsomely presented in a dignified Bodoni production dedicated to Count Cesare Ventura, whose coat of arms appears as part of a large engraved vignette. Brunet states that => only 162 copies were printed.
Provenance: Bookplates of Wilfred Merton, Robert Wayne Stilwell, and Brian Douglas Stilwell.
Brooks 451; Brunet, IV, 783; De Lama, II, 71–72; Giani 23 (p. 43). 19th-century half brown mottled sheep and marbled paper–covered boards, spine with gilt-stamped leather title-label and gilt-ruled raised bands; extremities rubbed. Front pastedown with bookplates as above and with pencilled reference notes; some foxing or other spotting/soiling intermittently; a volume overall clean and pleasing. (Inventory #: 40150)