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BOCCACCIO Giovanni.Amorosa visione di messer Giov. Bocc. nuovamente ritrovata nella quale si contengono cinque triumphi cioe. Triumpho di sapientia, di gloria, di ricchezza, di amore e di fortuna. Apologia di H. Claricio immol. Contro detrattori della poesia del Bocc.Osservationi di volgar grammatica del Bocc. Milan: Zanotti Castiglione per Andrea Calvo, 10 February 1521.

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BOCCACCIO, Giovanni [attributed to] Urbano.[Bologna: Franciscus Plato de Benedictiis, ca. 1492-1493]

2 works in 1 volume 4to (204x141mm), [I]:110 leaves, the last blank, woodcut ornamental initials; [II]: 34 leaves, 26 lines, roman type (1:113R), 4 lines initial spaces with guide letters.Binding: Flemish (Antwerp) mid-sixteenth century blind paneled dark brown calf over pasteboard, by the Flemish binder Claes van Doermaele, the covers paneled with blind fillets and two frames of foliated roll-tools enclosing a central panel containing a circular meda2llion panel-stamp of the Emperor Charles V in a richly suit of armor with sword, with the legend “CAROLVS.V. ROMA.IMP.SEMPER.AVGVST.ETAT.SVE.XLII” the imperial insignia above and below, surrounding the panel a narrow foliated roll-toll with a central escutcheon at the foot bearing the binder’s mark “CVD”, spine in six compartments. In a modern cloth folding box.Provenience: Johannes Hoyel (contemporary inscription); Andrew Fletcher of Saltoun (Scottish patriot, 1653-1716).Few minor restorations to spine and corners, a little rubbed, lacking 2 fore-edge ties, overall a beautiful copy in an outstanding binding with an interesting provenience.

First edition of both works. Composed between 1342 and 1343 and revised by Boccaccio himself between 1356 and 1360, the Amorosa visione is a poem in fifty cantos of terza rima that tells of a dreamer, the poet-protagonist, with a female guide, encountering five triumphs as frescoes within a castle – probably Castelnouvo of Napoli whose rooms were frescoed by Giotto; emerging into a garden landscape he eventually discovers his beloved. The poem is reminiscent of Dante and presages Petrarch; contemporaries thought the work post-dated Petrarch’s Trionfi, but it is now recognized as pre-dating that work. This edition is considered to represent Boccaccio’s own revisions, albeit with some intervention by its humanist editor Claricio who also added his own defense of Boccaccio’s poetry. Urbano, a novel which has the natural son of the Emperor Frederick I Barbarossa as protagonist, is presented here as a newly discovered text by Boccaccio but it is in fact a spurious work now variously assigned either Givanni Bonsignori or to Buonaccorsi da Ginestrata.The binder Claes van Doermaele came to Antwerp in 1533, where he was made Stadsboekbinder, following the death of Willem Vorsterman in 1543.Van Doermaele is recorded as binder of the Antwerp archive up to 1549. A binding in the National Art Library at South Kensington (Waele B.94) with the same central panel and binder’s mark, on an octavo format edition of the Opus historiarum nostro saeculo, Basel 1541, is described by E.P. Goldschmidt in his Gothic and Renaissance Bookbindings, no.184. The binding of Giannalisa Feltrinelli’s copy of Hypnerotomachia Poliphili, has the same central panel and binder’s mark. (Christie’s New York, 7 October 1997, lot 30).

IA 28939-28940; IGI 1812; BMC VI, 826; GW 45029.

Price: 24 000.00 EUR