Lot 3
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Bembo, Pietro, Pomponius Mela, and Joannes de Sacrobosco

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  • A sixteenth-century volume containing three works, comprising:
  • Paper
BEMBO, Pietro. Prose... nelle quali si ragiona della volgar lingua. (Venice: Giovanni Tacuino da Tridino, September 1525), manuscript annotations, [Censimento 16 CNCE 4997; IA 116.370]
POMPONIUS MELA. De situ orbis libri tres [with commentary by Joachimus Vadianus]. Basel: (Andreas Cratander, January) 1522, title within woodcut border by Hans Franck dated 1519, H4 within woodcut border, woodcut initials, woodcut printer's device on verso of final leaf (otherwise blank), [VD16 M2314], lacking world map
JOANNES DE SACROBOSCO. Textus de sphaera... Cum compositione annuli astronomici Boneti Latensis et geometria Euclidi Megarensis. Paris: Simon de Colines, 1538, large woodcut of the solar system on title-page, full-page woodcut opposite first page of text, woodcut initials and diagrams, with final blank leaf, early annotations, loose sheet of eighteenth-century manuscript notes in Latin inserted, [Renouard, Colines, p.295; Steck III.34], a1 and 8 becoming loose

3 works in one volume (Mela bound first), folio (295 x 201mm.), contemporary reused vellum, manuscript fragments used as spine lining, occasional light damp-staining, some leaves or quires becoming loose, vellum slightly soiled and defective, lacking four pairs of ties

Catalogue Note

FIRST EDITION of Bembo's seminal treatise on the use of the Tuscan vernacular as the correct literary form of Italian, as used by Dante, Petrarch and (in particular) Boccaccio. Despite the warning in the colophon of the ten-year privilege for this text, a counterfeit edition was produced the same year (Censimento 16 CNCE 62770).