Le Rime. Petrarch, Francesco Petrarca.
Le Rime.
Le Rime.
Le Rime.
Le Rime.
(Ongania, Ferd.)

Le Rime.

Venice: Ongania, Ferd. 1879. Two miniature volumes bound as one. 354; 231; (6)pp. One of 1,000 numbered copies. This is copy number 1, and it is signed by Ongania below the limitation statement. With two portrait frontispieces and numerous, exquisite engraved vignettes throughout. Includes six sonnets which had recently been discovered by G. Veludo, the dedicatee, under a separate title. As Bondy notes, "The pagination of volume 2 [jumps] from page 7 to page 16 to allow for the insertion of the sei sonetti di Francesco Petrarca scoperti e publicati da G'. Veludo"; however, in this volume, the six sonnets are bound at the end. Ongania explains in his preface that this edition is uniform with Salmin's famous "fly's eye type" miniature Dante of the previous year, the success of which inspired him to produce the Petrarch. Ongania's penchant for laudatory mimicry led him to pioneer the use of new photomechanical processes in art books and in facsimiles. Bound in full brown leather with gilt tooling to covers and spine. Slight wear to covers and evidence of hinge repair to front free endpapers, else a fine copy of an exquisitely printed work. (Houghton 270; Bondy, pp. 96-97; Mikrobiblion 189; Welsh 5665; American Art Association 152). (2 7/8 by 2 1/2; 73x64mm). Item #28132

Price: $750.00

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