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MODESTUS,  PUBLIUS FRANC. - Venetias.

Title: Venetias.
Description: (Rimini, Bernardino Vitali, 1521) Folio. (27, 9x18, 0cm). [xii, 216, 20] ff. Modern half morocco. (title-page repaired; some (water-)stains; the woodcut depicting the Lion of St. Mark is missing (page repaired), a few pages damaged (a few letters text loss, due to moulding?); with old (pencil) annotations (both on plants and the on Venetias itself); lacking the last ten leaves of part II) ¶ With the second part, which was not always incorporated (see Brunet): P.F. Modesti Ad Claudiam Francorum reginam sylvarum liber unus; but LACKING Inter Vidum Rangonum et Ugonem Pepulum duellum. ¶ Curious copy: LATIN - ENGLISH HERBAL GLOSSARY in the margin of the first ca. 100 leaves: a 17th century hand has written latin names of 416 (!) plants and herbs, with the english translation underneath in a well legible hand. The damage to the pages is probably due to storing plant leaves and/or herbs between the pages. ¶ Some 16th-century annotations and scores in the first 20 leaves. ¶ Most renowned and most poetic work of Modestus. Modelled after the Aeneid, the history of Venice - from its mythical foundation to the War of the Holy League - is told in twelve books in Latin hexameters (Pattini, Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani, Vol.75). ¶ First book ever printed in Rimini. "It is said to contain anecdotes which displeased some noble Venetian family and the work was therefore suppressed." Renouard finds this supposed ban doubtful. (Ellis, Catalogue of rare books 1728, p. 36; Brunet III.6) ¶ "Quelques bibliographies, entre autres Peignot, ont prétendu que ce poëme, devenu excessivement rare, avait été supprimé par ordre du sénat, parce qu'il contenait différentes anecdotes qui déplurent à certaines familles nobles. Renouard a contesté la verité de cette assertion, sans donner pourtant des arguments sans réplique." (NBG.35/731) Cicogna 1805. Graesse IV, 556: ''L'assertion de plusieurs bibliographes, que ce vol. ait été supprimé peu de temps après sa publication Peignot) est contestée par Renouard''.

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Price: EUR 4800.00 = appr. US$ 5216.87 Seller: Antiquariaat Brinkman
- Book number: 132211

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