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Doni, Anton Francesco. La zvcca del Doni, Fiorentino. Divisa in cinqve libri di gran valore ... In Venetia: Appresso F. Rampazetto, ad instantia di G.B. & M., Sessa fratelli, 1565. 8vo (15.5 cm, 6.25"). , 316 ff. $850.00
Doni (1513–74) first published La zucca in parts over the course of 1551 and 1552 — a collection of moral tales, witticisms, aphorisms, and letters in which he often mocks his contemporaries, all of it in prose with some poetry and with a heavy helping of allegory. In this edition that Rampazetto printed for the famous Sessa family of publishers/printers, he has edited the five parts and renamed them in the forms now most commonly used.
Added here is his work on art ("Pitture"), which had first appeared in 1564 at Padua. The theme is the allegorical representation of Love, Chastity, Death, Fame, Time, and Eternity. Through this work he gives us an understanding of the artistic theory of his era and => many observations on the life and works of such artists as Giovanni Angelo (1507–63) and Vasari.
A full-page woodcut portrait of author is found on the verso of leaf *8, along with the printer's woodcut device on the title-page and woodcut headpieces and initials throughout the text.
Provenance: From the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
Grässe, II, p. 424; Marsili-Libelli, Anton Francesco Doni,; 57; Edit16 CNCE 17710; Gamba 1367 (note). Early 20th-century vellum over light boards, ruled and tooled and lettered in gilt; marbled endpapers. Possible ownership name in one margin (not deciphered). Light waterstaining in some upper and lower margins, with occasional limited effect to text; overall in fact => a good and attractive copy. (40658) Please RESHELVE This.
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