Delle historie del suo tempo . . . tradotte da M. Lodovico Domenichi . . . [Sopplemento di Girolamo Ruscelli nell' historie di Monsignor Giovio]. Venice, Giovan Maria Bonelli, 1560. (Volume two printed by Altobello Salicato, 1572).



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Printer's device on each title-page, large historiated woodcut initials in volume one. 2 vols. 4to (203 x 149 mm). 18th century Italian vellum, morocco labels.

First printed in Latin in Torrentino's 1551-2 Florence edition, Giovio's Historiae sui temporis was his greatest work, a Latin history of the known world written in 45 books. "Far from limiting itself to Italy, this was a pioneering attempt to write a universal chronicle in the modern manner. It covered the period 1494-1547 with a detail that still renders it useful" (J. R. Hale.)The work was very popular and the first Italian translation appeared in 1555. In our copy the first volume is of the 1560 edition, and the second volume from the 1572 edition. However the two volumes were joined together at an early stage, and are uniformly bound in an 18th century vellum binding; both of them have the same owner's signature on the fly-leaves, dated 1750. At the end of the first volume is bound in Ruscelli's supplement on Giovio's history. Gamba writes that the the Selva of Carlo Passi mentioned on the title-page of the second volume was published separately and is missing in many copies.Gamba 1430 (1572 edition). Censimento Edit 16 CNCE 21230 & 21240.

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