Il Petrarcha [Sonetti et Canzoni], The scholar and editor Pierro Vettori's copy, 1514.
Estimate: £5,000 - £7,000
ca. US$6,578 - US$9,210
Price realised: n. a.
Petrarca (Francesco) Il Petrarcha, Pietro Vettori's copy with his annotations and markings, Roman and primarily italic type, woodcut printer's device to verso of final f., initial spaces with guide-letter, s7 and z8 blank except for foliation, lacking h8 and blank A8, ink inscriptions to title, a2v-a8r ink marginalia, underlining and passage marking in Italian and Greek by Pietro Vettori, elsewhere some textual marking, presumably by the same hand, title with small hole at head and with outer margin repaired, i3 tear at foot within last 2 lines of text with minor loss, stained, contemporary blind-stamped panelled calf, probably Roman, spine repaired, upper joint splitting, but holding firm, some staining to extremities, housed in a 20th century morroco-backed cloth slip-case, [Adams P790; Ahmanson-Murphy 125; Renouard, Alde, 68:6; EDIT 16 CNCE 55881], 8vo, [Venice], [Aldus Manutius], [August, 1514]. ⁂ The second Aldine edition, with an impeccable provenance. The notes in Italian and Greek are almost certainly by the Florentine humanist and philologist Pietro Vettori. They include commentary on the text and textual variants, and quotes from source materials. The attribution to Vettori can be confirmed by comparison with the 1515 dante at UCLA, which also bears his hand-writing. Furthermore, we know that Vettori had a copy of the 1514 Petrarch in his extensive library (cf. C. Griffante, 'Il catalogo della biblioteca a stampa di Pier Vettori', in: Atti dell'Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti, CXLVII, 1988-89, p. 425, no. 391). The volume was no doubt sold before Vettori's heirs negotiated the sale of the collection to the Bavarian elector Carl Theodor, which in turn was consigned to the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek. The binding is probably Roman, with similar tools, in particular the flame-shaped tools, being described by Tammaro De Marinis vol 1, cap II, nos 614 (CIX),674 (CXXI). Indeed, in around 1530 Pietro Vettori was in Rome escorting the Florentine envoy Francesco Vettori for the celebrations of the election of Pope Clement VII. Vettori (1499-1585) was professor of Greek and Latin in the Studio Fiorentino. Beside a famous treatise on the cultivation of olive trees, he published commentaries on Cicero's family letters, and edited many Latin and Greek authors such as Varro, Cato, Aeschylus, Sallust, Aristotle, and Aeschylus, as well as the works of his friend Giovanni della Casa. His philological studies were gathered in the Variarum lectionum, issued between 1553 and 1582. Provenance: Pietro Vettori (autograph annotations); monogram with initials LCVA and a heart pierced by an arrow (beneath printer's device on final f.) Arthur Mullin (bookplate with Aldine device).
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