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    Alessandro Sardi. De Moribus Ac Ritibus Gentium Lib. III. Omni Rerum Varietate Referti Iterum Impressi. Eiusdem De rerum Inventoribus Libri II. ÿs maximé, quorum nulla mentio est apud Polidorum. Nunc primum in lucem editi, In Quibus Omnium Scientiarum omniumq[ue] feré rerum principium quoddam quàm breuissimé continetur. Mainz: Gottfried van Kempen for Franz Behem, 1577. First edition of the second part, which is a supplement to the work by Polydore Vergil on inventions; second edition of first part, a description of Greek and Roman social life in antiquity.
    Octavo. *8 A-N8 a-d8 e4. [16], 207, [1]; 64, [6] pages. Decorated initials and tail-pieces. Eighteenth century calf, five raised spine bands with gilt floral designs, a gilt letter "L" in the upper compartment, lacking title-label; edges speckled; holograph ink ex-libris entry on title page of Thomas Dannet (flourished 1566-1601, translator of Guicciardini and Comines). From the Pembroke library with call number sticker on compartment near foot of spine. Boards rubbed, corners bumped, front joint cracking, few ink underlines, occasional minor soiling; else in very good condition. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
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    Alessandro Sardi (1520-1588) Italian historian from Ferrara. Like his father Gaspar Sardi, he devoted his life to study. "Sardi n'avait qu'une passion, l'etude; mais si'il ajoutait sans cesse a la somme de ses connaissances, il se preoccupait bein plus aussi d'en faire etalage que d'y puiser avec discernement." [Hoefer]


    His work on the rituals of the ancients was first published in 1557.           


    VD 16 S1805. Adams S423. Graesse; VI, 1, 271. OCLC: 43121051.

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