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    Giovanni Boccaccio. La Geneologia De Gli Dei De Gentili Di M. Giouanni Boccaccio Con La Spositione De Sensi allegorici delle fauole, et con la dichiaratione dell'historie appartenenti a detta materia. Venice: Giovanni Antonio Bertano, [1574.] Krown & Spellman retail: $650. 4to. *8, A-2K8. [8],263,[1]ff. Contemporary calf, spine banded and extra gilt, covers warped, hinges cracked but strong, stamp & bookplate with duplicate stamp of Univ. of Chicago, old notes on endpapers, t.p. repaired in lower outer corner with some loss of imprint, light damp and mold stains, repaired worming in fore-margin in middle of the book but text unaffected. Printer's mark on t,p., historiated initials. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.

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    "Genealogia deorum gentilium, known in English as On the Genealogy of the Gods of the Gentiles, is a mythography or encyclopedic compilation of the tangled family relationships of the classical pantheons of Ancient Greece and Rome, written in Latin prose from 1360 onwards by the Italian author and poet Giovanni Boccaccio.

    The work is "humanist in spirit and medieval in structure". According to the Preface Boccaccio undertook the project at the request of Hugh IV of Cyprus. The first version was completed in 1360, and he continuously corrected and revised the work until his death in 1374, so that various redactions of the works were copied in different manuscript traditions. In his lifetime and for two centuries afterwards it was considered his most important work.

    The full range of genealogies of the classical Gods are described in the fifteen books, drawing on the standard earlier works, especially the Liber imaginum deorum, a 12th century teatise by the otherwise unknown Albricus (possibly Alexander Neckam), and the older so-called Vatican Mythographies. These themselves drew on the late antique Christian Fulgentius, and writers of the actual period of classical paganism, especially Ovid and Statius. Some Greek material was probably supplied by his Greek teacher Leontius Pilatus... The last two books of the work include a defence of poetry that is his latest and most extended discussion of the subject." [WKPD] EDIT 16 on-line cnce 6362. EDIT 16 v2,2502. Index Aurel. 120.387.

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