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    Girolamo Benivieni. [Giovanni Pico della Mirandola, commentary]. Opere di Girolamo Benivieni Firentino... Canzona dello Amor celeste & divino.... Venezia: 1522.

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    Girolamo Benivieni. [Giovanni Pico della Mirandola, commentary]. Opere di Girolamo Benivieni Firentino... Canzona dello Amor celeste & divino, colCommento dello Ill. S. conte Giovãni Pico Mirãdolano distinto in libbri III... Venezia: Nicolo Zopino & Vincenzo di Paolo, April 12, 1522.

    Second edition. Octavo. Title page with ornamental borders of knights in a tournament. A-2B8. 302 [i.e. 202] leaves.  Few leaves with pagination errors (151 for 131, 175 for 185, 300 for 200, 261 for 210 and 302 for 202). Bound in later vellum, edges in red. Vellum lightly rubbed and soiled, small chip in foot of spine, rear hinge starting, small holograph pencil bookseller's notes on endpapers, previous owner's initials on verso of last leaf, few very minor repairs to outer margin of first leaves not affecting text, occasional foxing, smudges or stains; otherwise in very good condition. From the Krown & Spellman Collection

    Contains Benivieni's Platonic love poem 'Canzona dello amor celeste et duvino' preceded by commentary of it by Pico.

    "One of the richest contributions of the philosophers and poets of the late Italian Renaissance .. was a definite philosophy of love and beauty. This philosophy was popularized by Ficino in his commentaries on the works of Plato and Pico della Mirandola's learned Commento on the 'Canzona dello Amor celeste e divine' of Girolamo Benivieni. the soul is capable of possessing the light of Divine Beauty, says Pico, not of itself, but only through a gift and communication from another . 'The Advice of Man to His Soul', together with a number of fervent religious laude, was included in the single-volume edition of Benivieni's works. The poem is cast in the popular dialogue form, and is primarily of the Theocentric type of contemplation. Nature is conceived in the manner familiar to the mystics as vestigial of the Creator, and a contemplation of creatures brings the mind to the knowledge and love of God." - [Collins, Christian Mysticism in the Elizabethan Age].

    STC 84. Brunet I:773. Adams B667. EDIT 16:5322. USTC 813821. Sander 899. Essling 2141.

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