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    Pietro Bembo. Della Historia Vinitiana Di M. Pietro Bembo Card. Volgarmente Scritta. Libri XII. Venice: Gualtero Scotto, 1552. Krown & Spellman retail: $1250. First Edition in Italian. 8vo. *4, **10, A-Y8, Z4. [14], 180 folia. 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 suun dado e un libro chiuso. (V464 - Z840.] Engraved initials. 19th c. 1/2 calf over marble boards, spine with gilt leather labels, minor dampstain, some foxing, a few leaves browned, large copy with ample margins. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.

    More Information: 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. Columbus is mentioned in Book VI which includes an account of the Spanish and Portugese explorations. Index Aurel. 116.428. Adams B599. BM Italian STC p.80. Parenti 72. Gamba 130.EDIT 16 CNCE 5039.

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