Arcadia. Venice, Heredi d'Aldo Romano et Andrea Socero, 1534. (Bound with:) Sonetti e' Canzoni del Sannazaro. Venice, Heredi d'Aldo Romano et Andrea Socero, July, 1534.
SANNAZARO Jacopo (1534)
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Four Aldine devices on title page and final leaf of each volume (A1, M4 verso, A1, G4 verso), 3-line initial spaces, all with guide letters.
2 vols in 1. 8vo (159 x 105mm). 91, ff.; 48, ff. Contemporary vellum, with five raised bands on spine, title inked in second compartment, green edges (vellum stained and scratched, joints cracking slightly and corners bumped).
Second Aldine edition of humanist court poet Jacopo Sannazaro’s (c.1456-1530) seminal pastoral romance, Arcadia, and the first and only edition of his poems to be produced by the Aldine press, frequently found together. Composed in the 1480s but only published officially in 1504 in Naples (after an unauthorised edition in Venice, 1502), the Arcadia consists of alternating poetry and prose narrative. The Sonetti e Canzoni are Petrarchan lyrical poems dedicated to his mistress, Cassandra Marchese.
Neapolitan Sannazaro’s use of the Tuscan vernacular in a literary context was a significant step in the Italian questione della lingua debates.
Provenance: Sticker on upper cover, ‘Zoccolanti No.1413’. Italian inscription on verso of front free endpaper, translating as ’This is a work of great value. Not to be given to anyone who does not recognise its worth.’ Two Italian ownership inscriptions on title page; a third (washed) below. Two aborted attempts at an Aldine anchor on recto of rear free endpaper and end paste-down. Vol. I: Two holes in title page (ink corrosion), closed tear and repair to outer blank margin of title verso. Closed tear and repair to A4, not touching text. Some water staining to head of early leaves and at foot of ff.41-8, 72-80. Leaves generally grubby. Vol. II: Staining to heads of leaves throughout and occasionally at outer margin; generally grubby pages, B&C gatherings especially discoloured.
Vol. I (Arcadia): Renouard, 112, 5. UCLA Ahmanson-Murphy, 272. BMSTC (Italian), 606. Adams, S320.
Vol. II (Sonetti): Renouard, 112, 6. UCLA Ahmanson-Murphy, 273. BMSTC (Italian), 605. Adams, S338.
Stock Code: 227940