Second Aldine Edition of the First Work Published on the Formation of the Italian Language

    [Aldine Press]. Giovanni Francesco Fortunio. Regole grammaticali della volgar lingua...nuovamente reviste, et con somma diligentia corrette. [Venice:] Aldine Press, 1545. Second Aldine edition, a reprint of the 1541 Aldine edition, of the first printed Italian grammar, which was first published in 1516. Approximately 5.5 x 3.5 inches. Small octavo. [4], 41, [i.e., 47], [1] leaves. With woodcut anchor and dolphin device on title page and recto of final leaf. Bound in eighteenth-century full turquoise crushed levant morocco, covers elaborately ruled in gilt, and with gilt central anchor and dolphin devices, spine ruled, tooled, and lettered in gilt in compartments, four raised bands, gilt board edges and turn-ins, lavender coated endpapers. Spine slightly sunned and rubbed. A fine copy. With the bookplates of famed nineteenth-century book collector Sir John H. Thorold (of Syston Park, two bookplates), and Henry William Poor. Chemised in quarter turquoise levant morocco slipcase. Adams F796. Renouard, Alde, page 131, no. 5 ("Copie de l'édition de 1541").

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