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Lot n° 88

Giovio,P.

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Elogia virorum bellica virtute illustrium veris imaginibus supposita, quae apud Musaeum spectantur. Florence, L. Torrentino, 1573. fol. (34:22 cm). With woodcut printer's mark. (Medici coat of arms) and figural and floral initials. 340 p., 2 vols. Dark blue 19th century cloth with gilt fillets, gilt crowned monogram and gilt embossed coat of arms supralibros of J. Gomez de la Cortina on both boards and gilt crowned monogram in corners. (Inside edge gilt and gilt edges; somewhat rubbed, corners and edges slightly bumped, lower capital chipped). Cf. Edit16 CNCE 21175, Adams G 639, Alden-L. 551/23, Fueter 51 f. and Mortimer 213 - Later edition, collation identical to the first edition published by Torrentino in 1551; only the original date on the title replaced by a decorative border and the new one stamped below. The elogies dedicated to Cosimo de' Medici were originally intended as an explanatory text for the portraits that Giovio had exhibited in the museum he had built near Como in 1536-43. Mainly Italian war heroes are treated, but also pirates, Turkish and Persian rulers etc., on pp. 171-174 there is a biography of Christopher Columbus, pp. 304-308 are dedicated to Hernando Cortés. - Cleaned, title and last few pages still slightly foxed; occasional mostly small marginal tears remain, so pp. 157/158, 207/208, 231/232 and 327/328. p. 122 long and p. 124 short marginal note in ink. From the library of Joaquín Gómez de la Cortina, Marqués de Morante (1812-1868), high Spanish official and bibliophile (cf. pp. 202-208), on the front inside cover his bookplate and bookseller's label by H. Samuel, Paris. - Later edition, collation identical with the first edition published by Torrentino in 1551; original date on the title replaced by a vignette and the new one stamped below dedication. With Torrentino's device of the Medici arms and figured and foliated initials. "Includes accounts of Columbus & Hernando Cortés" (Alden-L.). - Cleaned, still light foxing to title and final pages; a few and mostly short marginal tears restored, ink annotations to 2 pages. Bound in 19th century calf gilt, somewhat rubbed, extremities slightly worn, tail of spine chipped. With coat-of-arms gilt to both covers and bookplate of the high Spanish official and bibliophile Joaquín Gómez de la Cortina, Marqués de Morante.