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    Selected Works of Petrarch Printed by
    Andrea Torresano, the Father-In-Law
    of Aldus Manutius

    Francesco Petrarch [Petrarca]. Librorum Francisci Petrarche impressorum annotatio. De ignorantia suiipsius & multo[rum] ... De remediis utriusq[ue] fortune ... De uera sapientia ... Epitoma illustrium virorum ... Beneuenuti de Ro[m]baldis Libellus qui Augustalis dicitur. [Annotatio nonnullorum librorum seu epistolarum Francisci Petrarche]. Venice: Andrea Torresano de Asula for Simon de Lovere, 1501, June 17 & March 27. Second collected Latin edition. Folio. Two volumes in one. a-10,b-e8,f10,ff8,g-o8,p-r10,s-y8, ç8, A-F8,G-I6,K10,L-M6,N-O8; 4, [1]7 lacks [1]8 text leaf -Epistola II], [2]-[7]8. [8]-[11]6, [12]-[13]8, [14]-[15]10, [16]-[17]6, [16b]6, [17b]6, [18]6 [19]6, skips [20], [21]-[[23]8, [24]6. (vol.II lacks [1]8) [612] pages. Modern antique calf, double banded, blind-tooled; marbled edges, printed in double columns in gothic letter, last quire washed with silvery cast, two small wormholes in blank fore-margins in the last twelve leaves, title a trifle stained and with a repaired tear at foot, very minor foxing, stamp of "Harvard College Library" with its release stamp on the verso of the title page. There are a few scattered pen notes in the margins. Offered in a custom made cloth clamshell box, this book is in near fine condition. Provenance: Later sixteenth century English signature of Nathaniell Roo. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
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    Andrea Torresano was the father-in-law of Aldus Manutius, who had purchased the press of Nicholas Jenson in 1482/3. In 1515, on Aldus' death, he took charge of the Aldine press until Paulus Manutius came of age. Simon de Luere worked for various printers in Northern Italy.

    Petrarca or Petrarch (1304-1374) Italian scholar and poet, often considered the "first humanist". He was widely travelled and became the first great Alpinist. His famous series of poems to Laura, the Canzoniere, are still considered some of the greatest poems ever written. "Not only did this culture hero gain an ardent welcome or these ideas and practices (antiquarianism, study of elegant Latin, study of Greek, etc.), but he shaped them into a single movement that came to dominate the culture of the age: to have established the vogue and ideology of classical antiquity and humanistic studies was Petrarch's most significant achievement. In this sense he was 'the founder of the Renaissance." [Wedeck & Schweitzer, Dictionary of the Renaissance.]

    EDIT cnce 31762. Adams P773. Fiske Petrarch Coll.2-3. Bernoni, 284:141. Hortis 3ff. Renouard, Aldus, 292;1501:1.Ahmanson-Murphy 725.

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