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Castiglione, Baldassarre, conte, 1478–1529

Il libro del cortegiano / del conte Baldesar Castiglione.

Additional Title(s):

Libro del cortegiano

In Venetia : Nelle case d'Aldo Romano, & d'Andrea d'Asola suo suocero, nell'anno 1528 del mese d'aprile.
Physical Description:
[244] p. ; 32 cm. (fol.)
Rare Books and Manuscripts
BJ1604 C3+ Oversize
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
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Copyright Status:
Copyright Not Evaluated
First edition.
Imprint from colophon.
Signatures: *⁴ a-o⁸ p⁶.
Roman type.
Printer's device on t.p., verso of final leaf.
Spaces with guide letters left for capitals.
Kelso, R. English gentleman, 191
Kelso, R. Doctrine for the lady, 190
Renouard, A.A. Annales de l'imprimerie des Alde, p. 105, no. 3
Austin, G. Library of Jean Grolier, 89.2
Adams, H.M. Catalogue of books printed on the continent of Europe, 1501-1600, in Cambridge libraries, C924
BAC: British Art Center copy binding executed for Jean Grolier; "Io. Grolierii et amicorum" stamped in gilt at foot of front cover. Bound in contemporary brown morocco, tooled with Renaissance pattern of two frames of gilt and blind fillets, small gilt ornaments at the corners of the inner frame; a broad Venetian gilt frame of interlaced scroll tooling encloses the large central panel, which contains in the center two interlaced squares of gilt and blind fillets. Title stamped in gilt on front cover; Grolier motto ("Portio mea Domine sit in terra viventium") stamped on back cover. Spine has raised bands. The binding is not described in Le Roux de Lincy-Shipman.
BAC: British Art Center copy includes illumination in gold and colors in the Aldine anchor on the title page and the large capital letters at the beginning of each book. Countermarks and watermarks measure 36-39 mm. From the library of Louis-Alexandre Barbet (1932 sale, June 13-14, item 63); autograph of A. Barbet on the title page. With leather bookplates of Cortland Field Bishop and Hannah D. Rabinowitz.
Subject Terms:
Barbet, A. -- Autograph.
Barbet, L.-A. (Louis-Alexandre), 1850-1931 -- Provenance.
Bishop, Cortlandt F. (Cortlandt Field), 1870-1935 -- Bookplate.
Courtesy -- Early works to 1800.
Courts and courtiers -- Early works to 1800.
Grolier, Jean, 1479-1565 -- Binding.
Rabinowitz, Hannah D. -- Bookplate.
Courtesy books.
Torresanus, Andreas, de Asula, 1451-1529, printer.

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