Venice: Ongania, Ferd, 1879. Two miniature volumes bound as one. 354; 231pp. One of 1,000 numbered copies. With two portrait frontispieces and numerous, exquisite engraved vignettes throughout. Includes six sonnets which had recently been discovered by G. Veludo, the dedicatee, under a separate title. As Bondy notes, "The pagination of volume 2 [jumps] from page 7 to page 16 to allow for the insertion of the sei sonetti di Francesco Petrarca scoperti e publicati da G'. Veludo"; however, in this volume, the six sonnets are bound at the end. Ongania explains in his preface that this edition is uniform with Salmin's famous "fly's eye type" miniature Dante of the previous year, the success of which inspired him to produce the Petrarch. Doris V. Welsh and Kathryn I. Rickard's copy, with their bookplates to flyleaves. In a modern binding of gilt-stamped blue cloth, with original wrappers bound in. Front wrapper and first four leaves waterstained near gutter, else a near fine example of a rare microscopically printed edition with excellent provenance. (Houghton 270; Bondy 96-97; Mikrobiblion 189; Welsh 5665; American Art Association 152). (2 5/8 by 1 11/16; 66x42mm).
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