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SOLD BY ORDER OF THE MARY ROXBURGHE TRUST

Varchi, Benedetto
STORIA FIORENTINA. COLOGNE: PIETRO MARTELLO, 1721
Estimate
1,0001,500
LOT SOLD. 1,875 GBP
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SOLD BY ORDER OF THE MARY ROXBURGHE TRUST

Varchi, Benedetto
STORIA FIORENTINA. COLOGNE: PIETRO MARTELLO, 1721
Estimate
1,0001,500
LOT SOLD. 1,875 GBP
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Varchi, Benedetto
STORIA FIORENTINA. COLOGNE: PIETRO MARTELLO, 1721
FIRST EDITION, folio (328 x 202mm.), engraved frontispiece, title printed in red and black, engraved medallion portrait of Varchi on title-page, full-page engraved portrait of Varchi, woodcut initials, head- and tailpieces, double-page engraved plate containing the genealogical tree of the Medici, contemporary vellum with stamp of Monckton Milnes on covers, several manuscript letters bound in (see below), small stains on Uu2 and Xxx1-2, boards slightly warped
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Provenance

"Bo[ugh]t at Florence June 1815", inscription on verso of flyleaf; "Glenbervie", inscription on frontispiece (i.e. Sylvester Douglas, first Baron Glenbervie, 1743-1823, who was in Italy in 1815); Richard Monckton Milnes, first Baron Houghton (1809-1885), wheatsheaf stamp on binding; his son Robert, Marquess of Crewe (1858-1945), armorial bookplate; his daughter Mary, Duchess of Roxburghe

Catalogue Note

Bound into the front of this volume are three letters by Benedetto Varchi to Piero Vettori:

1. autograph letter signed, to Piero Vettori at San Casciano, 1p., address panel on verso, undated
2. scribal letter signed, to Piero Vettori in Florence, 2pp., address panel on blank verso of conjoint sheet, Pisa, 18 January 1557
3. autograph letter signed, to Piero Vettori at San Casciano, 2pp., address panel (in a scribal hand) on blank verso of conjoint sheet, Tuesday before Ognissanti [1 November] 1535

At the end is bound a letter signed by Pier Luigi Farnese:
scribal letter (in a fine humanist hand), signed, to the Cardinal of Ravenna [Benedetto Accolti], 1p., panel on blank verso of conjoint sheet, undated

Benedetto Varchi (1502-1565) was a Florentine humanist and historian; his history of Florence, written at the request of Cosimo I, covered the years 1528-1536 but it was not published until 1721 as its contents were unpalatable at the time. These letters are addressed to the humanist scholar Piero Vettori (1499-1585), whose dislike of the Medici led him to spend the early 1530s in his villa outside Florence at San Casciano.

Pier Luigi Farnese (1503-1547) was the illegitimate son of Alessandro Farnese, who became Pope Paul III in 1534. He was a successful mercenary, being made Captain General of the Church, and was made the first duke of Parma in 1545, but was assassinated two years later.

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