Description[Featured Lot] Bembo, Pietro. Gliasolani Di Monsignor P. Bembo. Edition Secunda. [bound with:] Rime Di Monsignor P. Bembo. [Including: Stanze] Venice: Comin de Trino de Monteferrato, 1544-1540. 8vo. 2 vols in 1. A-N8, O3 [Lacks O4, blank]. A-F8, G10. 107ff. 48, ff. Complete. 18th-century Italian vellum, gilt title on spine, edges marbled in red; bookplate of "B. Heijmans," contemp signature of "Valentino Paminzi " on second t.p., small stamp on verso of t.p., some marginalia and underscores, poems numbered in old hand in second volume. Large printer's device on t.p.[Triton in a battle with a sea serpent] 3 historiated & decorated initials. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
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Pietro Bembo (1470-47), a Venetian and restorer of polite literature in Italy, was well known for the purity and correctness of his Latin diction, marked by a Ciceronian style. In 1513 he was appointed by Pope Leo X to the office of domestic secretary of the apostolic secretariat, but his health caused him to retire to Padua in 1521. In 1530 he became librarian and historian of the Venetian republic with the task of writing a history of that state (first published - posthumously - by Aldine Press in 1551), but returned to Rome in 1538 as a cardinal in pectore. He died as the result of a riding accident.His most famous and influential work was this philosophical treatise on platonic love the Gli Asolani. This dialogue, set in Asoli was written in a style "so pure and polite, that they became the favourite reading among the superior ranks in Italy..."
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