Lot 43
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Del Bene, Bartolommeo

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  • Del Bene, Bartolommeo
  • Civitas veri sive morum. Paris: Ambroise and Jerome Drouart, 1609
  • Paper
folio (343 x 214mm.), engraved title-page by Thomas Deleu, woodcut initials and head- and tailpieces, engraved illustrations (one double-page), contemporary half vellum with new marbled paper covers, brown morocco lettering-piece on spine, early manuscript notes about the book in French opposite title-page


French Emblem Books F.212; Landwehr, Romanic Emblem Books 255; Praz, p.46

Catalogue Note

FIRST EDITION. This utopian Latin poem was written in 1585 by the diplomat and poet Bartolommeo del Bene, and only published in 1609 by his son Alfonso, the bishop of Albi, with a commentary by Théodore Marcile. It describes a moral itinerary over thirty days in the manner of Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics, with illustrations depicting different parts of the city.

"Ouvrage moral et allegorique tres mediocre en luy meme - mais les gravures sont de Thomas de Lew bon graveur flamand" (early manuscript note opposite title-page).