Parthenice prima, sive Mariana.

Baptista Mantuanus

Parthenice prima, sive Mariana.

Ed: Caesar de Nappis. Add: Commendatio Parthenices. Apologeticon. Ad beatam Virginem votum post febrim acerrimam.

Description: capital spaces with guide-letters, on c1r a 6-line initial in red, blue, green, and light brown penwork on a gilt background, with gilt border in top, bottom and inner margin; top and bottom margin with red, blue, and green floral penwork with gilt dots; at bottom a blank central circle with green pen border. [bound with:] Parthenice secunda, sive Catharinaria (Ed: Franciscus Ceretus). Bologna: Franciscus (Plato) de Benedictis, for himself and Benedictus Hectoris, 9 Feb. 1489 [after:] De suorum temporum calamitatibus. Ed: Franciscus Ceretus. Add: Contra poetas impudice loquentes. Bologna: Franciscus (Plato) de Benedictis, for himself and Benedictus Hectoris, 1 Apr. 1489. contemporary Italian blind tooled calf, brass catches, on pink alum tawed calf, and catches, recased, spine repaired, mostly preserved, contemporary inscription on lower endpaper, 'Hic liber est Arnaldj de Bernesse, datus per fr[at]rem Paulu[m] de Noualara

Publication Details: Bologna: Franciscus (Plato) de Benedictis, for Benedictus Hectoris, 17 Oct. 1488

Notes: FIRST EDITIONS: the 3 bound together as per the Greville copy in the BL, and presumably as they were intended to be. 'Old Mantuan! Old Mantuan! Who understandeth thee not, loves thee not' (Love's Labour's Lost, 4.2.95).

Bibliography: (ISTC ib00058000; ib00066000; ib00089000)

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Price: £15,000

Subject: Theology

Published Date: 1488

Stock Number: 65768

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