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    Pietro Bembo. Della Historia Vinitiana Di M. Pietro Bembo Card. Volgarmente Scritta. Libri XII. Venice, 1552.

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    Pietro Bembo. Della Historia Vinitiana Di M. Pietro Bembo Card. Volgarmente Scritta. Libri XII. Venice: Gualtero Scoto, 1552.

    First Edition in Italian. Octavo. *4, **10, A-Y8, Z4. [14], 180 folia. Folio 21 labeled as 15, 126 as 125, 145 as 148, and 146 as 149; L3 labeled as K3. Printer's device on title page and colophon [Mercurio con caduceo abbraccia Minerva con elmo piumato, scudo e in mano due dardi. Entrambi tengono i piedi incrociantisi su un dado e un libro chiuso. (V464 - Z840)], large and small decorated initials. Full old vellum with few small holes from biopredation, lightly soiled, corners bumped and worn, paper label on spine with title in manuscript; blue speckled edges, small holograph annotations on endpapers, light foxing with occasional dampstains and soiling. Otherwise a very nice copy. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.

    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 the Aldine Press in 1551), but returned to Rome in 1538 as a cardinal in pectore.  He died as the result of a riding accident. Columbus is mentioned in Book VI which includes an account of the Spanish and Portugese explorations.

    EDIT 16 CNCE 5039. Index Aurel. 116.428. Adams B599. BM Italian STC p.80. Parenti 72. Gamba 130.

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